behind the bar: kari morris’ ginger syrup cocktails

When Kari Morris of Morris Kitchen in Brooklyn wrote to tell me she was torn about which ginger cocktail to feature and would three be too many, I said, “Never!” A few times a year, I rediscover how much I love ginger, and Kari caught me at one of those times. We have already had a few ginger cocktails here, where you can learn to make ginger syrup if you can’t find Morris Kitchen ginger syrup. Kari offers us three more: Sailor’s Ale, Ginger Snap Cocktail and Cho Lula. I really want to go upstairs and mix up the Sailor’s Ale, but an early morning doctor’s appointment is keeping me in line. Once the weekend comes, I’ll be ready to try it out. First up is the dark and stormy-style drink that Morris Kitchen calls Sailor’s Ale. — Kristina

About Kari: Kari is the founder of Morris Kitchen, a product and catering company based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2006, Kari has been cooking, teaching and making good food. Morris Kitchen took shape in 2009 when Kari and her brother, Tyler, decided to start bottling ginger syrup. Now the spicy syrup is sold in over 50 stores in NYC and places as far as Japan.

Photography by Nicole Franzen

See the full recipe after the jump . . .

Sailor’s Ale

  • 1/2 oz Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Sailor Jerry’s Rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • splash of dark beer


Combine ginger syrup, rum and lime in a shaker and strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Slowly top off with stout, and garnish with a lime wedge.

Ginger Snap Cocktail

  • 1/2 oz Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Snap
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz black tea


Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker; fill with ice and shake well. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with an orange slice.

Cho Lula

  • 3/4 oz Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash of hot sauce (we like Cholula)
  • fresh cilantro


Combine tequila, lime, ginger syrup, cilantro and hot sauce. Strain and pour over ice, and garnish with sea salt and fresh cracked peppercorns.

Why Kari Loves These Cocktails

I love these drinks because they are tried and true. They all have a bit of a kick from the ginger and still each drink is totally unique. I love the cilantro and lime in the summer and a dark and stormy in the winter. We top off our dark and stormy with a dark beer and call it a Sailor’s Ale. I never get tired of trying new drinks with ginger, and frequently revisit this list of my favorites.

  1. I am a nerd but I moved right past the drinking part of the post and got stuck on Kari’s incredible shirt in the last photo. Kari, would you mind sharing where you got that utterly perfect looking shirt?

  2. Alix says:

    Where do you get a working glass soda bottle like that?

  3. liohila says:

    YUMMO! Trying them all. I LOVE Ginger.

  4. antena yagi says:

    I love these drinks because they are tried and true.

  5. I believe she is wearing a vintage French work jacket, Callen Thompson. I know. It looks really cool and I want one too now. :)

  6. Lisa says:

    anything with Sailor Jerry’s Rum and you can count me in! That cocktail sounds spot on perfect.

  7. Allie says:

    The Cho Lula looks amazing!

  8. We LOVE our ginger syrup from Morris Kitchen – how fun to read more about Kari and some of her favorite drinks. Thanks for sharing!

  9. kari says:

    hi Callen, it is in fact a french work shirt. I got it at the flea market in Paris! There was one stall that had hundreds, but this was the only small!

  10. I love Ginger cocktails. My own concoction ‘Ginger Gin Fizz’ is fresh ginger muddled at the bottom of a cocktail shaker with lime, Gin and sugar syrup, shake with ice, strain into a glass, top up with cloudy lemonade and a slice of lime. Very tempted to make one now!

  11. Geek+Nerd says:

    Fantastic! A few months ago, I started having old fashioned cocktail parties at my apartment about once a month. Next time around we’re focusing on tequila and the Cho Lula recipe will be a perfect fit! Ginger and tequila? Yes, please.

  12. Pat says:

    I love the fancy bottle in the first picture. What is it and where can I purchase one?


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