One month ago, I posted about Lisa’s favorite cocktail—at least it was when I met her—the Dark ‘N’ Stormy. As mentioned before, home bartending has become my hobby ever since we built our own bar cart. As I’ve read more about the art of tending bar, I learned who some of the major players and innovators of the industry were and came across Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s book “The Bar Book” at our fair city‘s local library (I’m going to miss you Cambridge Main).
As one of very few books devoted entirely to bar techniques, with a handful of recipes that utilize them, it’s a great starter book for anyone with an interest in bartending. When I came across Jeff’s recipe for ginger beer and then later his Gosling’s Chinese Five Spice Rum, I knew I found a winning combo. But enough from me, I couldn’t possibly describe it better than he does below.
.I love it too Jeff! A satisfying highball it most certainly is!
The summer Lisa and I met, we were both interns at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Strong Children’s Research Center program. Our romantic chemistry came to fruition one night at The Bug Jar—a well reviewed bar in Rochester, NY. That night was memorable for several reasons: aside from getting dumped by my former flame via an email, it was the first time Lisa, myself, and our peers went out for drinks and engaged in a friendly billiards competition. This might have been the first time Lisa saw my competitive side (As the youngest of three boys, I’ve grown to hate losing).
I remember during one intermission, Lisa ordered her favorite cocktail, the Dark ‘N’ Stormy. I’m not sure how a young man like myself could not fall for a smart, beautiful, Ivy-league grad, future doctor once she ordered that! I had never tasted a Dark ‘N’ Stormy before, but once she let me try her’s… well, the rest was history. Game over.
Ever since, this drink has had a special place in my heart because it reminds me of a moment when the thought first popped into my head that she might be the one for me.
Here’s the basic recipe:
Fill a collins glass with ice
Add 2 oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum (or try Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s spiced version)
Add 5 oz. ginger beer (Bundaberg’s or Barritt’s are the most traditional in style, or make it yourself!)