Ginger may be a spice that only comes to mind in the more Autumnal and Wintry months (gingerbreads, cookies and snaps not to mention its use in our favorite kinds of pie). But did you know that in non-Western cultures the root is actually used as a cool-down tactic? Chandler Chase of Georgia’s own Verdant Kitchen made us privy to this, and with another smoldering Atlanta summer in full swing, we were happy to hear it.

You see, along with its other valuable medicinal uses, ginger is what is known as a “stimulating herb,” – one that prompts increased bloodflow and causes us to sweat. And you know what sweating does? It cools us down. Now that’s something we’d like to raise our glasses to. (And we have every intention of doing so.)

Lucky for us, Chandler and the team over at Verdant Kitchen have more than a few tricks up their sleeves. This is thanks, in part, to some trusty mixers they always have in-house: their Georgia Ginger and Ogeechee Gold Ales. Trust us, these ales stand sturdy on their own two feet, but they’re also primo mixers for some fancified cocktails. So without further adieu, we bring you a curated cocktail list of ginger-infused imbibes to assist you in beating the heat all summer long.

Gingeria
(Collaboration recipe compliments of our pals at Garnish & Gather)
1 Bottle of Rosé wine
2 lemons, juiced
1 cup organic strawberries, sliced
3 cups Georgia Ginger Ale

Ginger Bees Knees
Lace Inside of Glass and Rim with Savannah White Hot Ginger Honey
2 oz. gin
6 – 10 oz. Ogeechee Gold Ginger Ale
1/2 oz fresh squeezed Lemon Juice

Gentleman's Tea
3 oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
3 oz Ogeechee Gold Ginger Ale
Lemon Wedge to Garnish

Ginger Jack
2 oz. Apple Pie Moonshine
10 –12 oz. Georgia Ginger Ale

Ginger Shandy
12 oz. Jekyll ‘Merican Amber Ale
6 oz Georgia Ginger Ale