Wednesday, April 12, 2006

It's a Bright and Beautiful Day!
So why am I having a drink called a Dark and Stormy? Hmmmmmm... Because it's Yummy, maybe? One of my favorites from way back, this one is sweet and tart and rich at the same time and not a bit too much of either, in my humble opinion. Why don't you try making one and see what you think?

Dark & Stormy
2 oz. Goslings Black Burmuda Rum
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1 or 2 slices fresh ginger
2 to 3 oz. Jamaican Ginger Beer
2 lime wedges

Method: Add rum, fresh ginger and simple syrup to a 10 oz. double old fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir to combine. Top with Ginger Beer, squeeze lime wedges into glass and serve.

Make sure you use Ginger Beer in this one. You might have to get it from an "ethnic" section of the grocery. I know that, around here, the Goya brand is usually in the Mexican Food section. Ginger Ale is simply too weak and wimpy to do it right.

I also make a special "Ginger Infused" simple syrup to use in this drink and a few others. Simply add a couple teaspoons of grated, fresh ginger to your syrup during the simmering process and strain it before letting it cool. It adds even a bit more of a bite.

What's That I'm Listening To? "Jungle Drums" by Earl Bostic. This classic Ernesto Lecuona composition was recorded by just about every Exotica or Easy Listening act that existed back in the 50s. Earl, though, was a bit more jumpy and swingin' than most of the others. It's almost Rock 'n' Roll, as a matter of fact! Check it out here...


johnny dollar said...

damn... gotta get me some ginger beer...

Anonymous said...

Hey, baby, it's feeling kind of 'dark and stormy' again finally. When can we have another?

much love,