The Story Behind The New School

Whiskey, lemon, and ginger are almost a holy triumverate. Together, they give you everything you need from a cocktail: spice, acid, and that je ne sais quoi that ginger always brings to the party. Add some sweetness and you're basically set for life.

Recently I was at a wedding in Buenos Aires, Argentina where our friends at Holy Champagne were running the bar. One of the drinks on the menu that caught my eye was called the “Old School” cocktail. It featured bourbon, lemon juice, and ginger syrup. I wanted to reinterpret this cocktail by taking down the sweetness a notch. I decided to put it in a hi-ball glass and add some soda water to dry it out a little. It worked perfectly.

The ginger syrup was really easy to make, too. I just mixed up some simple syrup and added in the sliced-up ginger. Once it had rested for a few hours, the ginger really came through.


  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce ginger syrup
  • 2 ounces soda water


  1. Combine whiskey, lemon juice and ginger syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients
  3. Strain over fresh ice
  4. Top with soda

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Updated: 2019-05-06

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