Suzie Q [Cocktail Recipe]

Ginger and spiced liqueur play up the natural spiciness of rye in this cocktail. (Getty Images/Karl Tapales)

Suzie Q [Cocktail Recipe]

May 18, 2021 –––––– Whisky Advocate, , , ,

Created by Justin Lane Briggs, beverage consultant at The Cabinet Bar in New York City, this cocktail is perfect for those who like spice but not heat. The spicy sipper uses concentrated ginger syrup to enhance the natural spice in rye whiskey.

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  • 1 oz. Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond rye (or other high-proof rye)
  • ½ oz. Suze liqueur
  • ½ oz. Apologue Saffron Spiced liqueur
  • ½ oz. ginger syrup (recipe below)
  • ¾ oz. lime juice
  • ½ tsp. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. club soda
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Candied ginger piece for garnish


Add rye, Suze, Apologue, ginger syrup, lime juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain over fresh ice cubes in a Highball glass. Top with soda and bitters. Garnish with candied ginger.

Ginger Syrup

  • 1 cup Sugar in the Raw
  • ½ cup ginger juice

Combine sugar and ginger juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Cool. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to one month.