Mixology Monday returns, complete with a fancy new logo! Hosted by Blair over at Trader Tiki, this month’s theme is the demon rum. Be sure to check his site for a complete roundup of this month’s cane-liquor delights.
I absolutely fell in love with this drink one summer at the Tiki-Ti—it hardly seems worth it to order such a simple highball from a bar where you can get an absolutely sublime Navy Grog or Zombie, but I was on a mission to try everything on the menu. (Given that there are about 80 drinks on there, I’m still working on it.)
The Dark & Stormy is a simple recipe, a cousin of the Moscow Mule and the Mamie Taylor: base spirit, lime juice, ginger beer. It’s also similar to the buck, which uses lemon instead of lime but follows the same formula.
Having recently picked up a bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal and, fortuitously, having some dark (though not stormy) weather happening of late, I set about tinkering with recipes. After working with a few different proportions, I’ve settled on Jeff Morgenthaler’s. It offers the best flavor and balance—though the recipe doesn’t include lime juice, I included a healthy squeeze of lime in mine for some tartness.
2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal rum
5 oz ginger beer
quarter of one lime
Squeeze the lime wedge over ice in a chimney glass. Build the rum and ginger beer, and stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
Ginger beer really is the perfect mixer for spring, cool and refreshing with excellent warming properties for sudden squalls and cloudy days. You’ll notice a new ginger beer in the photo which, though excellent on its own, was no match for Bundaberg in this drink.