I’m not sure why this cocktail got named the Grumpy Old Man. It doesn’t seem fair, since it’s absolutely charming and that’s one thing grumpy old men are not.
In my experience, grumpy old men are bitter old sour pusses, and there’s nothing sour or bitter about this drink. Maybe it’s the cure for being a grump? That could be.
If Vernor’s is too spicy for you, Canada Dry has a nice, mild flavor. More like a traditional ginger ale.
But both drinks have the flavors of ginger and lime. This one, of course, adds all the notes of whatever bourbon you use.
This is such a great drink for bourbon lovers. All the flavors in it are so well-balanced that you can still taste the bourbon, but it’s not overwhelmingly dominant.
If you don’t have a go-to bourbon for cocktails, here are some suggestions. Makers Mark gives you a nice, smooth flavor. Jim Beam Kentucky Straight works nicely too, and offers a little more punch.
Any bourbon you like tastes great with ginger ale and lime. In my humble opinion, this drink is more interesting than the Moscow Mule because the bourbon adds more flavor than the vodka.
Of course, if you don’t love bourbon, you may feel differently. But it’s one of those cocktails everyone should try, especially since the ginger and lime are the dominant flavors.
This is a drink that was made for unwinding at the end of a stressful day. Two ounces of bourbon relaxes away a lot of tension, while ginger ale and lime refresh you.
You can enjoy this one along with just about any meal. Try it with these Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls from TBSP. Fish Parcels with Ginger & Spring Onions from Fuss Free Cooking would be delicious with it, too.
Of course, the glass doesn’t really matter. This is one delicious drink no matter what you serve it in.