Adam, Kaiser Penguin’s Forbidden Island correspondent, reports in on Dark ‘n Stormy Night. (I want to be Kaiser Penguin’s FI correspondent! — Rick)
Tiki-mecca Forbidden Island recently hosted this event as part of their glee-inducing, month-long RUMFEST event. It was hosted by Gosling’s, and in addition to the evening’s namesake (their signature drink), Gosling’s Old Rum was also available for tasting, or in your favorite drink. Maybe I haven’t tasted regular-strength Gosling’s in a while, but I wasn’t overly impressed by their Old Rum. It was highly sippable, but I found myself going through it quickly in order to return to another delicious, bracing Dark ‘n Stormy.
Dark ‘n Stormy
- 2oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
- 3oz ginger beer
- lime wedge
Build in a glass filled with ice, and add the lime (squeeze if you like – and you should like).
Also, the fact that the drink is named for the infamous line that spawned “a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels” somehow enhances the drink for this English major.
Gosling’s is a fine mixing rum, but the real star of the show here was FI’s own deliciously fiery ginger brew. Forget Reed’s, forget Bundaberg — they are so much glorified Canada Dry next to its addictive, biting ginger flavor. Gosling’s endorses a brand called Barritts that I don’t think I’ve had. FI’s brew was actually opaque, and when added to the drink, creates the beautiful concoction shown above. It kind of captures light, in a way — either the mellow glow of the pufferfish lamp overhead, or the neon shine of the glow-in-the-dark Gosling’s “badges” that were handed out. Martin described to me how the ginger brew is created; the first step? Peel TWO POUNDS of fresh ginger. This man is a genius.
In addition to my usual entourage of housemates and friends, we had two FI first-timers with us, who were heard to exclaim throughout the night their desire to move to Alameda. Such behavior is to be encouraged!
- Does anyone else make their own ginger brew, or have a brand not mentioned here that you think stands head-and-shoulders above the rest?
- Gosling’s web site calls for 1 1/2oz of rum and an unspecified quantity of ginger beer. What is everyone’s favorite ratio?