Dark and Stormy

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.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

“…’Twas a Dark and Stormy Night!”

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Midnight Berry Blast

Man it’s been a while here. I’ve been so focused on working on stuff for the youtube channel that I’ve let the blog lapse a bit. So that being said here’s a little something I threw together the other night to satisfy a craving for a hard but fruity drink.

The Midnight Berry Blast is a new Medium of Mixology (or MoM for short) original. I’m hoping to post more original drinks this year so this makes for a nice starter. The Drink starts off sweet moves to a tart/sour, then finishes with a hard blackberry. If you’ve got the ingredients and want to go for a lazy drink, this might be a good choice.

Overall Rating: 7/10
Alcohol Taste Rating: 3.5/10

Midnight Berry Blast

1 oz 99 Blackberries
2 Dashes Cherry Bitters
Fill with Cranberry Juice
Lime Wedge

Straight build over ice in a short glass. Squeeze lime wedge over drink and drop it in.

midnight berry blast

“Because it’s midnight” -Limozeen (The Brothers Chaps)

 

Gold Rush

This week we’ve got a fantastic gold colored drink with a nice kick. I don’t do much with tequila, but this really hits the spot. It’s a nice balance of alcohol burn and a pinch of sweet. If you’re looking for something with tequila this is certainly worth a try. The drink’s jewel gold color makes for an inviting start in addition to the strong agave aroma. The drink starts sweet, moves quickly to the strong taste of Grand Marnier, then finishes with the familiar taste of Tequila. Overall this drink is a solid 7.5/10, it’s not perfect, but if tequila is your choice spirit, this could easily be an 8.5 for you. On the alcohol taste scale though you’re also looking at about a 7.5/10… this drink certainly has some kick!

 

Gold Rush

1 1/2 oz Gold Tequila
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
Lime Wedge

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze lime wedge over the top and drop it in. (Note: I didn’t have a lime wedge at the time of making it, but I used a few drops of lime juice to compensate)

Gold Rush v1

“Out of my way! I’m getting that gold first!”

 

Coconut Fizz Mocktail (Variation)

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
Lime Wedge

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.

coconut fizz variation mocktail

“Screw alcohol when you’ve got ginger!”

 

Tropical Dream

Today we’ve got one hell of a great blending cocktail! With a few minor substitutions to the “Bacardi Tropical Dream,” you’ll find this or a variation of your own to really impress your friends. While the original recipe calls for Orange Rum and Bacardi Gold, I feel my replacement of Cruzan Aged and Parrot Bay Pineapple certainly didn’t hurt the outcome. In fact it may have made it better.

If blended well you’ll start with the icy sweet and tropical flavors of orange juice and your flavored rum. Then on your mid palette you get that flavored rum with the gold embodied in the bits of ice. Finally you get a mild sour from the underlying sweet/sour mix to really bring this drink home. I do with there was another juice component in the drink though as I found myself wanting a little more body in the drink. Although this could easily be solved with a little less ice.

Bottom line, this is a great tropical drink for any occasion, and with a big enough blender it could be a great party highlighter.

Alc. Rating: 4/10
Overall Rating 8.8/10

(Bacardi) Tropical Dream

1 3/4 oz Gold Rum
1 1/4 oz Tropical Flavored Rum (Orange, Pineapple, Citrus, or Coconut)

3/4 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz Sweet/Sour
2 oz OJ

Blend with ice, garnish with a Lime, lemon, and orange slice

bacardi tropical dream

“I’m dreaming of something like this!”

Surf Sider

Today’s cocktail is a very interesting mix with some dark rum (then again it may depend on your choice rum). It’s dark sea foam green color adds intrigue and mystery as a start. It has a pleasant pineapple aroma and the lime garnish makes for a rather inviting mystery. It starts light and sweet, moves quickly to a citrus mix, then to a stiff spiced rum finish. It’s pretty good overall, but it is equally mysterious in taste and looks.

Alc. Rating: 7/10
Overall Rating: 7/10

Surf Sider

1 1/4 oz Dark Rum
3/4 oz Blue Curacao
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
1 1/4 oz Pineapple Juice
Lime Wedge

Shake and Strain into a chilled cocktail glass garnish with a lime wedge.

Surf Sider cocktail

“Surfs up! Move Over!”