So many classic cocktails are born in the bars of great hotels. Originally conceived as a hangover cure by the bar staff at Cairo’s Shepherd’s Hotel (before it burned to the ground in 1952), this bourbon- and gin-based drink has been around for 70 years. To adjust the potency—or get a jump on tomorrow’s hangover—simply increase or decrease the amount of ginger ale.
- 1 ounce bourbon
- 1 ounce London dry gin
- 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Ginger beer, to top
- Garnish: mint sprig
Add the bourbon, gin, lime juice and bitters into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled (about 30 seconds).
Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.
Top with the ginger beer.
Garnish with a mint sprig.