The Pirate’s Elixer

And now…a favorite pirate cocktail using “medicinal” Ginger Beer and rum.

Dark ‘n Stormy

Here’s the quick and easy recipe:

2 ounces Gosling’s Rum
3 ounces Ginger Beer
Lime wedge

Pour over ice. Garnish with a lime. Watch the sun go down.

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And if you have the time and the ingredients, here is a more difficult, but absolutely fantastic recipe as seen in Garden & Gun:

Dark ‘n Stormy

2½ oz. Myers’s Dark Rum
2 oz. homemade ginger/lemongrass syrup (see below)
Club soda or sparkling water

Pour over ice. Garnish with a lime. Watch the sun go down.

Ginger / Lemongrass Syrup

1 large piece fresh ginger (4-–5 oz.), peeled
1 large stalk lemongrass
1 cup water (8 oz.)
½ cup white
granulated sugar
½ jalapeño (split but with seeds)

Coarse-chop ginger and lemongrass. In a saucepan over moderate heat, dissolve sugar in water. Add chopped ginger/lemongrass mixture and jalapeño, and raise heat to bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until syrup is infused with flavors, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain through fine-mesh sieve. Discard solids. Cool before using.

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