Pucker Up
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Pucker Up
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.66 / 5
Based on a cocktail created by the online alias of "Shivery McPickles". Based on a cocktail created by the online alias of "Shivery McPickles".
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6.86% | 2.4 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

"Pucker Up" masterfully blends the zesty punch of fresh lime with the warm, earthy notes of bourbon, heightened by the spicy zing of ginger. The addition of Angostura bitters and a hint of sugar syrup rounds off the edges, creating a beautifully balanced, refreshing cocktail with a lively kick.

Method
How to make a Pucker Up

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
In a mixing glass, muddle the juice of one lime with two slices of ginger, the Angostura and the sugar syrup
Strain into a lowball glass with ice cubes and add the bourbon
Top up as required with the soda water and stir before serving
~ This cocktail can be made in advance without the bourbon and soda water ready for batch serving. Just add the two final ingredients to serve. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Muddle  ·  Strain  ·  Stir  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve the Pucker Up cocktail?

The Pucker Up cocktail is best served cold in a lowball glass. First, muddle the ginger slices in the glass to release their flavor. Add the bourbon, lime juice, sugar syrup, and Angostura bitters into the glass, and gently stir the mixture. Then, top it up with soda water and add ice if desired. Garnish with a lime wheel or additional ginger slice for an extra flair.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute a different type of whiskey in the Pucker Up cocktail?

Yes, while bourbon is specified in the original Pucker Up recipe for its unique sweet and full-bodied profile, you can substitute it with another type of whiskey if you prefer. Rye whiskey could offer a spicier kick, while Scotch could introduce a smoky flavor. However, keep in mind that substituting the whiskey type may significantly alter the cocktail's taste.

FAQ

What makes Pucker Up different from other bourbon cocktails?

The Pucker Up cocktail uniquely combines the richness of bourbon with the tanginess of fresh lime and the spiciness of ginger, creating a refreshing yet complex flavor profile. The addition of Angostura bitters and a hint of sugar syrup adds depth and a slight sweetness that balances the acidity, making it distinguishable from other bourbon cocktails which may lean more towards sweet or sour flavor profiles.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

Is the alcohol content of Pucker Up higher or lower than average cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 6.86%, Pucker Up falls into a lower alcohol content range compared to many classic cocktails. The majority of traditional cocktails have a higher alcohol concentration due to their lesser volume of non-alcoholic mixers. Pucker Up's composition with soda water topping up contributes to its overall volume, diluting the alcohol percentage and making it a more sessionable choice suitable for enjoying over a longer period.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the Pucker Up cocktail to make it sweeter or less sweet?

To adjust the sweetness of the Pucker Up cocktail, you can modify the amount of sugar syrup according to your preference. Increasing the teaspoon of sugar syrup will enhance the sweetness, while reducing it will make the cocktail less sweet. Additionally, the type of ginger used can impact the sweetness level—fresh ginger will offer a sharper taste, while candied ginger can add a sweeter note.

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