Black & Ginger
You might not think the pairing of rum and ginger ale would make for a great holiday cocktail — but it does, and it's delicious.
- 2 Ounces Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
- Dash of Angostura bitters
- Lime wedge, for garnish
- High-quality ginger ale, to taste
9 Jägermeister Cocktail Recipes Worth Your Time – Jager Drinks
If you think that you’re too old to drink Jägermeister or that it is only good consumed as an ice-cold shot, think again. Clearly, you’ve never tried a good Jägermeister cocktail before. I promise I’m not judging you, because up until recently I never thought it was possible to have a good Jäger drink. I too believed that Jägermeister could only be enjoyed as a shot. Boy, was I wrong!
After much experimenting and a bit of guidance from a few talented mixologists, I’m happy to say that I’ve had some remarkable Jägermeister cocktails. Below you will find 9 great Jägermeister cocktail recipes worth trying. Perhaps these recipes will change your mind about the German digestif and its highly coveted 56 herbs and spices.
How to Make a Dark and Stormy
The Dark and Stormy cocktail was not born from the windy blackness of London, nor was it created in a barroom catering to the alcoholic needs of woebegone writers. In fact, it has nothing to do with bad literary tropes and gothic language. The Dark and Stormy is a drink that came to be in the Caribbean waters, where rum is plentiful and so are sailors. It&rsquos a drink that was spit out by the sea, more or less. It&rsquos a drink with a really cool name.
To make a Dark and Stormy&mdashit has just three ingredients but lots of spice&mdashGosling&rsquos Black Seal rum is the preferred brand, but really, anything dark and funky will work. Officially speaking, it is frowned upon to liven up your Dark and Stormy with lime juice, but we appreciate a layer of citrus. Just don&rsquot swap in ginger ale for the ginger beer. That would be a crime.
A Little Background
For all its name&rsquos melodrama, the Dark and Stormy&rsquos history is tame. In 1806, an early Gosling family member sailed from England bound for Virginia. He didn&rsquot make it to America&mdashthe sea was too still&mdashso the ship headed for the nearest dock instead, which happened to be in Bermuda. There, he used his family background in spirits to create the recipe for Gosling&rsquos aged black rum. On another part of the island after World War I, British naval officers were brewing up ginger beer to combat sea sickness. They swirled the two together in a cup, a sailor allegedly commented it looked &ldquothe color of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under,&rdquo and the Dark and Stormy was christened. Many things disappear into the Bermuda Triangle. The Dark and Stormy was one thing to come out of it.
Goslings still plays a big part in Dark and Stormy lore, largely thanks to a slew of trademarks it owns on the cocktail. Technically speaking, a Dark and Stormy (dubbed Dark &lsquoN Stormy by Goslings) can only be made with Gosling&rsquos Black Seal rum and Gosling&rsquos Stormy ginger beer&mdashno lime juice, but garnishing with a lime wedge is permissible. And Goslings is litigious about its intellectual property, going after competing beverage companies that try to rip off the name and recipe with their own rum brands. On some menus, you&rsquoll find a cocktail called Safe Harbor, which is basically a Dark and Stormy without the legal baggage.
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If you&rsquove come to the Dark and Stormy for the ginger flavor, then we also suggest the Moscow Mule, which is pretty much the exact same drink but with vodka instead of rum and a cooler mug.
11 Ginger Drinks to Make at Home
"We wanted to introduce people to mezcal who haven't had it before," says bartender James Lombardino of New York's 1534. "It's like bourbon and Scotch. A lot of people like bourbon, but they're not accustomed to a smoky Scotch going from tequila to mezcal is kind of the same thing." Lombardino eases the way with this frosty concoction, made with ginger and agave, tequila and loads of fresh lemon, with the smoky mezcal floated on top.
If a drink has ginger in it, chances are we're probably fans. Rich bourbon and ginger? Oh yeah. Spicy ginger and rum? Delicious. Tart citrus and warming ginger? Always love that combination. We like drinks with fresh ginger, with ginger syrup, and spiked with ginger liqueur. Today, we're sharing a 11 recipes for ginger-spiced fall drinking inspiration.
Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler
This is the kind of easy recipe you can memorize for mixing up whenever you feel a little festive. Made with Prosecco or other sparkling wine, it's flavored with fresh grapefruit juice and Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur.
All your fall classics come together in this four-ingredient drink: hard apple cider and apple brandy, plus vivid pomegranate juice and ginger liqueur. The hue is gorgeous and the mixing's easy.
This autumn-appropriate cocktail proves the point that there's no reason for agave spirits to disappear when the weather cools. A fresh ginger syrup adds spice to a mix of aged tequila and earthy mezcal, and lemon juice keeps the whole drink bright.
Lots of lime makes this rye drink refreshing, while fresh ginger syrup accentuates the whiskey's spice. Ever since we tasted this drink from Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo in NYC, it's been a favorite.
Tawny port adds rich berry flavor to this updated take on the Diablo. This version of the classic tequila drink punches up the ginger flavor by using a fresh ginger syrup instead of ginger ale. The candied ginger garnish is fun, too.
Fresh ginger juice, sweetened with a little sugar, has the backbone to stand up to funky Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, which stars in this drink alongside bittersweet Cynar. The result is a complex drink that will keep your tastebuds entertained.
We love the King's Ginger, which is a pungent and potent ginger liqueur. After you've scored a bottle, we recommend this recipe, which calls for mixing the gingery liqueur with fresh lime and grapefruit, plus mezcal and orange bitters.
Pear and Rosemary Cocktail
Pear and piney rosemary come together in this elegant cocktail, delicately spiced with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. A touch of lemon adds freshness.
This is no wimpy Dark 'n Stormy. Instead, this cocktail recipe from the Wayland in NYC uses racy ginger juice and two kinds of rum, then adds bubbles with chocolatey dark beer instead of soda.
Homemade Ginger Beer
You can brew your own ginger soda using fresh ginger and lime, carbonated using a little Champagne yeast. The process takes about 2 days, but we promise it's worth it.
DIY Ginger Liqueur
The beauty of making your own liqueurs is that you can customize them to your own taste. You can play with different spice combinations (try a little cardamom or even lemongrass) and even sub out some of the brandy for a little whiskey.
How do you like to drink your daily dose of ginger? Add your favorite ginger drink ideas to the comments below!
- Combine 2 cups of Vodka, 1 cup of cranberry apple juice, ¼ cup of lime juice and 2 (750mL) bottles of Bundaberg Ginger Beer into a large pitcher.
- Stir and add fresh cranberries and apples.
- Add ice and pour into copper mugs.
- Combine and shake 1.5oz of Vodka, 0.5oz of Licor 43 and a squeeze of lime juice.
- Pour into a tall glass and top with Bundaberg Ginger Beer.
- Garnish with honey and ginger sorbet balls and a lime wedge.
Dark ’n Stormy
The Dark ’n Stormy is a delicious, easy-to-make cocktail that features a refreshing trio of dark rum, ginger beer and lime. It also goes down a lot easier than the name might imply. It’s a close cousin to the Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer, lime) and should be an easy transition for vodka drinkers wanting to try something new.
The popular cocktail can be found all over the world, from craft cocktail bars and chain restaurants to island hideaways. Its origin, like many drinks, is a bit hazy, though it’s likely that rum and ginger beer were first combined by sailors who enjoyed the obvious benefits of rum and the stomach-settling qualities of ginger. But its lineage can be traced squarely to an island in the Atlantic Ocean.
Gosling’s Black Seal rum is a rich, flavorful rum from Bermuda, dating back to 1806. It features notes of caramel, vanilla and spice, and technically, it’s the only rum that can be used in a Dark ’n Stormy. The brand lays claim to the drink in 1991, it successfully registered a trademark dictating that any drink titled Dark ’n Stormy must be made with Gosling's rum. The company has even sued other beverage brands that have attempted to peddle the drink with other rums as its star. So, if you really want the full Dark ’n Stormy experience, make it with Gosling’s.
Note that ginger ale is not a substitute for ginger beer. Ginger ale is just carbonated water that’s flavored with ginger, like a soda. Ginger beer, on the other hand, is brewed and fermented (though the “beer” label can be misleading, as most versions are nonalcoholic). If you try making your Dark ’n Stormy with ginger ale, you’ll still produce a solid drink. But the rich rum benefits from the stronger flavors and spicier bite of real ginger beer.
Many recipes, including this one, call for a modest measure of lime juice to be added to the rum and ginger beer, which lends a pleasant kick of citrus. But the lime juice is optional. If you’re drinking in Bermuda, the cocktail will most likely be served with just rum and ginger beer, plus a lime wedge, so the drinker can squeeze the lime at their discretion. But any way it’s served, the Dark ’n Stormy is tasty and refreshing, so it’s hard to go wrong.
Muddle blackberries and mint in a large pitcher. Mix in vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. Serve over ice garnished with more mint.
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1. Classic French 75 Cocktail
The French 75 is having a moment right now, and why wouldn't it? This light, aromatic, effervescent cocktail is the perfect balance of Champagne (or you can substitute sparkling wine from other countries, such as Prosecco or Cava or use Crémant from France), lemon juice, and aromatic dry gin. Keep it super French by using a French gin, such as Citadelle and an affordable French Champagne, such as Veuve Clicquot yellow label brut. Use a Champagne you'd drink by itself, but don't use a super expensive sparkling wine - save that for sipping on its own.
Jelly Bean Shooter
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While you have blackberry brandy in the bar, try it in the jelly bean shooter. If you're a fan of black jelly beans, you'll really like it. The shot is built in layers, so you'll top the brandy with sambuca and Southern Comfort by pouring each over the back of a spoon. It's a fun way to practice your layering skills and great for a party.