A bright orange drink with ginger garnish
Photography, Stacey Brandford; Food styling, Dara Sutin; Prop styling, Andrea McCrindle

Salted Ginger Bourbon Smash Cocktail

The sweet and spicy notes of Yellowstone Select Bourbon are the headliners of this modern cocktail.

Modern mixology has turned toward salt-balanced flavours in recent years, and saline solution (simply water and salt combined) is now a standard part of the bartender’s toolkit alongside a variety of salt-bearing pickles and brines. After all, it’s hard to imagine a great margarita without a little salt in the mix – it balances all the other flavours and makes for a well-rounded, lip-smacking cocktail. We also brought some fresh ginger into the mix: The fresh and bright rhizome gives this drink a spicy bite and pairs well with the Yellowstone Select Bourbon we used.

The sweet, spicy notes of rye and soft, leathered cherries of Yellowstone Select Bourbon (a blend of four- and seven-year-old bourbons) is weighty enough to hold its own against the punchiness of the fresh ginger. And the hint of smoked caramel and long finish of smoky oak and brown sugar flavours pairs perfectly with the salt. Read why Yellowstone Select Bourbon is so special here.

A bright orange drink with ginger garnish

Salted Ginger Bourbon Smash

Saline solution and punchy fresh ginger beautifully balance with Yellowstone Select Bourbon in this delicious Smash Cocktail Recipe that's delightful to drink all year.
Course cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving


  • 2 slices ginger looney-size, plus more to garnish
  • 2 wedges lemon
  • ¾ oz maple syrup
  • 2 oz Yellowstone Select Bourbon
  • ¼ tsp saline solution
  • ice

Saline Solution

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt


  • In a cocktail shaker, add ginger slices, then squeeze in lemon wedges and drop in rinds. Use muddler or handle of wooden spoon to muddle ingredients. Add maple syrup, bourbon and saline solution. Top up with ice, then shake well for 30 seconds. Strain into rock glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh ginger.

Saline Solution

  • Boil water. Stir together boiling water with kosher salt until dissolved. Refrigerate. Makes about 1/2 cup.
Keyword bourbon, smash cocktail
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