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Review: Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

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Ginger is one of the hottest flavors in cocktails right now, and it’s only fitting that someone has put the essence of ginger into a liqueur. Domaine de Canton is the real deal: Baby ginger steeped in cognac, bottled at 56 proof, and coming together as a spicy and flavorful monster of a liqueur that imparts the kick of ginger into anything it touches.

I’m not mad about it on its own, but in cocktails it shines. I used it in Canton’s own suggested recipes: A ginger mojito (Canton, white rum, lemon, mint) and a ginger martini (Canton, vodka, Grand Marnier), and both were knockout drinks. (Fair warning: Canton, as most spirit producers, errs on putting too much of its own product in any given recipe, and here you really know when you’ve overdone it.)

Domaine de Canton is one of those rare spirits that actually tastes better than the raw ingredient used to make it. No one would argue that an orange-flavored vodka beats using fresh orange juice or orange peel in a cocktail, but fresh ginger is always way too overpowering in a drink for my taste. Canton’s cognac mellows the ginger perfectly while still keeping its essence. It’s irresistible.

The bottle is a thing of beauty, but be warned: Pouring from it results in a good amount of spillage due to the awkward shape of the neck. Use a jigger.

A / $32 / domainedecanton.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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8 Comments

  1. joanne January 2, 2009

    just received as a gift, can you offer any recipes for drinks and/or cooking that uses this liqueur?

    thanks

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  2. Christopher Null January 2, 2009

    For starters, try a standard mojito and add 1/4 oz. of Canton to it. The domainedecanton.com website has lots of other ideas, too.

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  3. Michael June 3, 2009

    Gaslight, a French bistro in Boston, has a cocktail called the Can Can that is Domaine de Canton, St. Germain, and Champagne. One of the best cocktails you’ll ever have.

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  4. Gina July 4, 2009

    This stuff if fantastic. I adore Ginger and am glad to see this trend!

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  5. Heather December 6, 2009

    Love, love, love this liquer. So many possibilities. I’m sipping a hot, steamy version of ginger spiced lemonade using Canton right now, wih snow threatening outside.

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  6. Jules December 25, 2015

    I am having difficulty judging this as its own product. I was in love with the original, which stopped being sold in 1997. The original was smooth, soft and mellow…this is not. Perhaps, if this was my first bottle of Canton Ginger Liqueur, I would be writing something different,. but I find this harsh, and not at all something to put over ice and relax with.

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