Ginger is a big deal at our house. My wife and daughter feel about ginger the way I feel about garlic, which is to say that putting it in anything is always the right choice. So, a suggestion to buy ginger beer tends to be well received.
my wife and I explored scotch whiskey as part of our Advent celebration. This year, we are exploring locally-made Vermont spirits. I made the mules with Smugglers' Notch Distillery vodka, perfectly serviceable. Vodka is not the world's most satisfying choice for mixed drinks as its own flavor disappears - by design, of course. If you really like the mixer, though, as we do, it works just fine.