Anyone who knows me, can attest to the fact that I am not a large drinker. In fact, wine is about as strong as I go these days, mostly out of the stigma that comes from a “church girl” indulging in alcohol, but also compounded with the fact that I just don’t like the way a lot of alcohol tastes.
So when I was offered the opportunity to review Goslings Black Seal Rum, I mulled it over for a while until I saw the recipe in full, and realized that I would be working with less alcohol in comparison to other ingredients. Suffice to say, it still took me almost three months to make the darned cocktail, because frankly I didn’t know where to go and pick up the Rum in the first place. #churchgirlproblems
After a web search and a couple of phone calls to various beverage depots, I found a spot that was close to us and relatively inexpensive (did you know that bottles of alcohol are as expensive as they are?! SHEESH!) I gathered all of my ingredients to bring forth this cocktail.
Chef Ming Tsai happens to be the mastermind behind this drink, so don’t go thinking that I’ve been experimenting in my house. Besides, I had enough of making moonshine the year before last (speaking of which, we’re about due for another batch.)
You’ll need, Goslings Black Seal Rum, Ginger, Sugar, Limes, Club Soda, and Orange Juice.
I was able to make Ginger simple syrup, and it’s YUMMY! I can totally see making spritzers with just that and the club soda, but I digress.
The neat thing about this drink is that it’s layered. Simple syrup on the bottom, club soda, orange and lime juices in the middle and the rum floating on top. I also got to serve it up on the great Heart of Haiti tray from Macy’s!
I did more of a southern feel with my drink, serving them up in mason jars, and I must say, it still packs a punch. I’m sure that those who are a little more well versed in drinks that can put a little bit of hair on your chest, would think that the way that I prepared it was slightly weak, but for now, that’s about all I can take.
Of course, I think that this would be a great addition to your first full spring barbecue with friends. It’s easy to make, and your friends will be impressed with your bartending skills.
Recipe is as follows:
Ginger Syrup and Candied Ginger
Goslings Black Seal Rum
Fill glass almost full with ice and then club soda
Take two tablespoons of the ginger syrup and pour it down the sides of the glass so that it settles on the bottom.
Add 4 teaspoons of orange juice and juice of half of a lime to the mixture. Do not stire
Carefull ‘float’ two tablespoons of the Goslings Rum on the top of the drink.
Garnish with a lime wedge and some candied ginger and serve. Tell your guests to stir their drinks before enjoying!
There you go – a great cocktail to start spring! Enjoy!
I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with Heart of Haiti product to review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own