Just to be clear, this is ginger BEER, not to be confused with ginger ALE. No haterade towards ginger ale or its avid followers, but the two are very different. Ginger beer is to ginger ale what ice cream is to frozen yogurt.
While ginger beer may seem like it is much more well-suited for a late spring/early summer cocktail, such as a Moscow Mule, I find that it can be equally enjoyable in our cocktail of the month, the Dark 'n Stormy. Incidentally these two cocktails are incredibly similar in ingredients, with the exception of the main spirit, which changes from vodka in the Mule to dark rum in the Stormy.
Dark 'n Stormy image via Shutterstock
When it comes to the ginger beer, however, there are a few options. My top choice? Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer. I find that the flavor of the ginger is incredibly fresh and has an excellent spice to it as well. As an alternative to that, I’d go with Reed’s Premium Ginger Brew. Both of these brands are widely available in the United States, so rest easy my friends, your ginger beer needs will be fulfilled with ease.
Below is a recipe for the perfect Dark ‘n Stormy, provided by cocktail writer and enthusiast, David Wondrich. In this recipe, he recommends that you experiment with the ratio of dark rum to ginger beer in order to achieve the perfect balance of flavors, and we definitely agree. Mix one up at home and let us know what you think. Cheers, and happy sipping!
Dark ‘n StormyCourtesy of Esquire.com
2 oz dark rum (we recommend Gosling’s Black Seal)
3 oz ginger beer (we recommend Fentimans)
½ oz fresh lime juice
In a tall collins glass filled with fresh ice, combine the rum, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir well to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge.