Classic cocktail enthusiasts might want to look away. This is my take on the Dark n' Stormy cocktail from the Bermuda (which is a trademarked mix of Gosling's rum, and spicy ginger beer). I like a Dark n' Stormy - they're invigorating, easy drinking, simple to make, and equally tasty on a beach or in an urban bar. I like them in summer, and I like them right now. Some while back I stopped using ginger beer, and switched to kombucha. And not just any kombucha, I now make them with the spiciest ginger kombucha I can find, bonus points if I can find the ginger-cayenne variety. So incredibly tasty. To make the drink, you take a splash of dark, flavorful rum, and top it off with kombucha (or ginger beer if you want to play it straight). At any rate, I thought it'd be a great Halloween cocktail for you to try - because, well, the name. But also, because it's a cocktail everyone loves!
I'll throw one optional wildcard in here, only because we have a prolific makrut lime tree. You can infuse the rum with a couple of lime leaves (for five minutes or so), and it perfumes the rum subtly. A lot of bartenders serve Dark n' Stormy cocktails with a brightening splash of fresh lime juice. This add another layer. So, infuse the rum and then proceed with the recipe.
Kombucha Dark and Stormy
HS: You can, of course, use strong ginger beer in place of the kombucha. But seek out proper ginger beer, not ginger ale.
2 ounces Gosling's Black Seal rum, or other dark rum
4 ounces strong ginger or ginger-cayenne kombucha
Add the rum to a tall, straight-sided glass. Add a squeeze of lime juice, if you like. Add lots of ice, and top off with the kombucha. Garnish with a couple of thinly sliced lime wheels. Enjoy!
Prep time: 5 minutes