11/02/2012 10:06 am ET Updated Jan 02, 2013

5 Perfect Ginger Cocktails

A spicy and sometimes sweet ingredient, ginger can turn a good cocktail into a truly awe-inspiring one. Another bonus: It's versatile. Not only is it delicious pickled with a plate of sushi -- or, of course, in a classic whiskey and ginger ale -- but the root can also be used in all types of tasty mixological ways.

So don't be fooled by this spice's rough exterior; try one of these five unapologetically gingery drinks this weekend and you'll soon appreciate its subtle beauty. Cheers!

5 Perfect Ginger Cocktails