I had the pleasure of recently eating and drinking my way through all of California, all while road testing a Chevy Volt. I put some 2,000 miles on the car in just a three week period, visiting everything from sustainable food producers to backyard beekeepers. It was such an amazing and eye-opening trip. One of my many stops included the eco-friendly winery, Medlock Ames.
I'd been there numerous times, it's quite a fun space to drink and mingle. But this time I got to mix drinks instead of just ordering them. The tasting room is a renovated bar and gas station from the early 1900s. When wine tasting shuts down at 5pm, the adjacent bar conveniently opens up. Here you will find fresh garden-inspired cocktails and quite a few locals. It's like a hipster version of Cheers.
The best part, I was even able to plug in my hybrid while we made this very tasty cocktail.
This garden-inspired cocktail uses fresh ginger which they organically grow at the tasting room. This is just one of the many tasty things you will find on site. Jalapenos, lavender, pineapple sage, chocolate mint, various citrus fruits and many, many more make up the landscape. Picture below is winemaker Ames Morrison with his fresh lavender. Be sure to check out their Lavender and Rum cocktail too and also their wine.
But let's get to making the cocktails! Here is what you will need:
- Fresh ginger
- 2 ounces rye bourbon
- 3/4 ounce sake
- 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
- Dash of simple syrup
- Ginger beer for finishing
- Orange peel for garnish
1. Using a pint glass, add a couple shavings of fresh ginger.
2. Add the sake, and the rye bourbon.
3. Add 1/2 ounce of fresh orange juice.
4. Add the simple syrup, ice and shake well.
5. Serve in a bucket glass and top with ginger beer.
6. Garnish with an orange peel and enjoy!