His & Hers Cocktails - Rum & Ginger

If you've followed along with this blog, then you know there's more than one way to make a cocktail.  My cocktail for the evening, the Dark & Stormy, is a perfect example of this.  Yes, most people make this cocktail with ginger beer.  However, that's not something I always stock and I certainly didn't feel like stopping at the store on my way home.  Luckily, Death & Co has an alternative recipe. (Not to mention the wife always has a piece of fresh ginger the fridge/freezer.)  Instead of ginger beer, they use a combination of ginger syrup and club soda.  It's not quite the same but it still makes for a delicious cocktail and a great trick to know for the next time you run out of ginger beer.  So let's whip up some ginger syrup and get on to the cocktails.

His Cocktail - Dark & Stormy
2 oz Goslings Black Rum
3/4 oz Fresh lime juice
1 oz Ginger syrup
Club soda
Lime wheel garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add the rum, lime juice and ginger syrup.  Shake until chilled.  Strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice.  Top with club soda and garnish.

Her Cocktail - Company Buck (Death & Co)
2 oz Goslings Black Rum
1 oz Pineapple juice
3/4 oz Fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Ginger syrup
A dash of Angostura bitters
Club soda
Lime twist garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add the rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, ginger syrup and bitters.  Shake until chilled.  Strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice.  Top with club soda and garnish.

Ginger Syrup
4 oz Fresh ginger, unpeeled
2 oz Water
1 cup Sugar

Slice ginger into disk then roughly chop them.  Add the ginger, water and sugar to a nonreactive sauce pan.  Heat to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.  Cool then strain the mixture and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.