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Dark and Stormy

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min (includes steeping time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (Ginger Beer yields 5 cups)
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Ingredients

Quick Ginger Beer:

5 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and grated (about 1 cup grated ginger)

2 allspice berries

2 cloves

1/2 cup turbinado or dark brown sugar

Zest of 1 lime plus juice of 2 limes

2 cups sparkling water

Dark and Stormy:

2 ounces dark rum

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Lime slices, for garnish

Directions

  1. For the quick ginger beer: In a large saucepan add the grated ginger (along with any juice), allspice berries, cloves, sugar and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat. Add the lime zest and let steep while it cools, about 30 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and stir in the lime juice. Fill with sparkling water. Serve over ice within one day or use in a dark and stormy cocktail. Makes 5 cups.
  2. For the dark and stormy: Fill a highball glass halfway with crushed ice. Add the rum and 5 to 6 ounces ginger beer. Top with lime juice, stir and garnish with lime slices. Serve immediately.

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