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Dark and Stormy Summertime

For a refreshing cocktail on the hottest days of summer, try this Bermudian classic, made with homemade ginger ale.

During the humid, hot days of summer, nothing is better than a cocktail. Start with homemade ginger ale, refreshing all on its own. Spiked with orange and lemon zest, this easy to make soda is bound to become a kitchen staple. Whisk together some yeast, sugar, grated ginger and citrus juice and in a few days you’ll be drinking your own homemade spirit. Add a bit of lime juice and some dark rum, and you have the making’s to the perfect summer drink. Cheers!

Ginger Ale
1 1/2 cups organic sugar
3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root
1 lemon, zested into thin, long slices, and juiced
1 large orange, zested into thin, long slices and juiced
1/2 teaspoon bakers yeast
3 L water (room temperature)
3.5 L Glass bottle or pitcher that is seal-able (so carbonation can occur)

1. Place the sugar and yeast in the bottle and mix to combine thoroughly. Add the orange and lemon juice together in a small bowl, and whisk in the grated ginger. Pour into the sugar/yeast mixture and add the zest. Mix completely. Add the water. Stir well to combine.

2. Close container and place in a cool, dark place for 48 hours. Open and check for desired carbonation. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours and enjoy!

Dark and Stormy
3 oz rum (traditionally this drink is made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum, but any dark rum will do)
6 oz ginger ale (dark and stormy’s are traditionally made with ginger beer, which is a spicier version of ginger ale. If you don’t make your own, I suggest purchasing a good ginger beer, such as Fentimans Ginger Beer or Reed’s Ginger Beer)
2 1/2 tbsp lime syrup (add 1/2 cup lime juice to 1/2 cup sugar and bring to a boil, chill before use)
1 tbsp lime juice
lime wedges
ice

1. Combine the rum, ginger ale, syrup and lime juice. Stir and pour over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

3 Comments

    • This was pretty simple Kate, and something I should do more often. The conventional yeast didn’t produce a lot of carbonation, I’d be tempted to try a more traditional route.

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