Apr 24, 2007

Mixing to My Mood: Dark 'n' Stormy

Dark and Stormy cocktailAs the sun finally makes an appearance after some good ol' San Francisco rain, I thought it would only be fitting to share my recent obsession as a mea culpa for not posting over the last two weeks. The Dark 'n' Stormy is typically made as any highball is: base spirit and ginger (or soda) over ice in a highball glass. But the Dark 'n' Stormy is not a typical highball. The beauty of this brooding drink lies in the snap and buck of real ginger beer:
Dark 'n' Stormy
• Fill a highball glass with ice
• Add 2 oz. Goslings Black Seal Rum
• Ginger beer to fill
• Garnish with lime wedge
There are two features that make this drink an actual Dark 'n' Stormy: Goslings dark rum (they own the recipe trademark) and real honest-to-god ginger beer. The original recipe calls for Barritts, some claim Reed's makes the best version. Me, I like the depth and richness of Bundaberg. The Captain (aptly named, huh?) made his own substitution that was right up my alley, and this is what we've been sipping all week:
Jerry Strop
• Fill a highball glass with ice
• Add 2 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum
• Fill with Bundaberg or other whopping ginger beer
• Garnish with a lime
I'm not set on the name, of course, but I like the fact that a Jack strop was once used to describe a sailor who was good company in the public house but lousy at his work. Enough of these and you'll be the same.

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