The Desert Healer (also called Desert Cooler) is a refreshing cocktail and a great welcome back to posting here on the blog! After a (semi) dry 40 days I’m ready to share some great new recipes with all of you.
With temperatures continuing to rise as we reach closer to the middle of spring the Desert Healer will treat the wounds from those unseasonably hot days. The drink has a unique “sandy” color, it’s not the most appealing but the orange garnish certainly helps with that. The drink begins with a mild citrus and ginger on the nose. With the first sip you’re greeted with a little ginger, followed by a hint of gin, then a nice finish of citrus and mild cherry. As it settles you get a little more of the ginger beer fizz to round things out. Overall it’s a very mild drink without a ton of overpowering alcohol burn or biased flavors. It’s a great choice for a hot summer day, but not a day that you want to sacrifice on quality.!
Alcohol Taste Rating: 5/10
Overall Rating 8.4/10
Desert Healer (Cooler)
1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 Cherry Brandy (Cherry Heering Preferred)
3 oz Orange Juice
3-5 oz Ginger Beer
Shake juice and liquor ingredients with ice. Strain into an iced highball or collins glass. Top with ginger beer stir gently. Garnish with an orange slice
VARIATION: Add an extra 1/2 oz of Cherry Heering after stirring for a gradient effect and sweeter finish.
“…Where it’s flat and immense
And the heat is intense…”
Here’s another cocktail that I’m shocked I haven’t reviewed yet. The “Dark and Stormy” is one of only a few cocktail that is actually copyrighted. The specific copyright in this case requires you to use Gosling’s Black Seal Rum in order to actually call it a Dark and Stormy. Everything else is in violation of the copyright. So of course here at MoM we have to do it right.
Now because this drink specifies for Gosling’s Rum your options for “making it your own” are limited to your choice of ginger beer. For myself, I always go for the Fever Tree as it’s both smooth and potent with its gingers. If you’re looking for something comparable, I’d suggest Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew.
As for the drink itself, it’s a rather inviting modern classic. The mix of fresh ginger and lime garnishes pair well with the dark amber of the rum. On the nose it leads with a the sweetness of rum and a familiar ginger (of what you might expect from a ginger ale). The taste begins mild and sweet, moves to a primarily ginger beer flavor, and finishes with a pleasantly aged rum with a subtle hint of the lime.
If you’re not super familiar or fond of ginger beer this drink might take some time to grow on you, but it is worth making for a bartender of any level as it will be requested at least once. This is a tough drink to judge as it’s so well known, but it does have it merits and faults. While you do get a nice simple cocktail that’s perfect for small party setting, it’s sharper taste can shy even experienced tasters away with the strong ginger flavor. While I wouldn’t keep it on my regular menu as a standard “go to” cocktail, I would certainly keep the ingredients on hand if I or any guest would be looking for something both mellow and adventurous at the same time.
Alcohol Taste Rating: 7/10
Overall Rating: 8/10
Dark and Stormy
2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
1/2 Tablespoon (about 1/4 oz) Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Ginger Beer
2 Lime Wedges
2 Slices Fresh Ginger (Optional)
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add fresh ginger, rum, and syrup. Top with Ginger Beer. Squeeze limes over drink and drop them in. Stir well.
“…’Twas a Dark and Stormy Night!”
Well thanks to a trip to the doctors I’m on meds this week and can’t have alcohol, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a good time. Today comes a drink so good it doesn’t even need a spirit. In fact this might just become a standard drink on the menu (which needs an update actually). The original recipe for this drink calls for coconut sorbet or gelato, and raspberry syrup, however I don’t have any of those so this drink needed a slight variation and I get the feeling I improved on what was already there. The drink starts frothy and sweet as the pink color and foamy top might suggest. It moves to a berry and ginger flavor on the mid palette, then finishes with a spicy ginger fizz. This is a great drink all around, easily a 8-9/10. So if you have the original recipe’s ingredients or you happen to try this variation, let me know how it went.
Coconut Fizz Mocktail (Variation)
2 oz Coconut Cream Syrup (Original recipe 1/2 cup gelato or 2 oz Thai Coconut Milk)
2 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Strawberry Syrup (Raspberry)
1 oz Flat Ginger Ale
3-4 oz Ginger Beer
Shake Coconut Syrup, Strawberry Syrup, and Lime Juice with ice. Strain into an iced tumbler (or highball) glass. Squeeze lime wedge over the drink and drop it in.
“Screw alcohol when you’ve got ginger!”