Mixology Monday Cocktail #1: The Calm Sunny Day

From Putney Farm on Feb 11, 2013

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The Calm Sunny Day. Neither dark, nor stormy.

The Calm Sunny Day. Neither dark, nor stormy.

There is one week to go before Mixology Monday drinks are due. But since we are hosting, we figured we should post a few examples of cocktails that might fit our theme of “inverted”. If you want the whole download on the theme, click here. But the basic idea is to create or share a cocktail that in some way inverts or “flips” common parts of the drink. You can invert the ratio of spirits, liquor and bitters, or flip the colors, flavors, theme, etc. Plenty of ways to be creative.

sunnysunny6 To start, we decided to go with something easy, but as we got into it we realized just how many ways you can play with a cocktail. Our first “inverted” creation is the Calm Sunny Day, essentially an inverted Dark ‘n Stormy. The Dark ‘n Stormy is a well-known long drink combining Goslings dark rum, lime juice and ginger beer (or ginger ale in a pinch). It is a bright, funky and spicy summer drink, usually served on the rocks in a highball glass.

sunny1sunny4 We decided to invert the Dark ‘n Stormy into a more traditional cocktail, and this is where it got fun. The Calm Sunny Day combines aged filtered rum, ginger liqueur and lime juice (and a dash of bitters, if you like). You get the same basic flavors of the Dark ‘n Stormy, but everything else is flipped. Highball turns to cocktail, dark rum to light, brown colors are now very pale, ginger beer to ginger liqueur and the name gets a change as well. You get the idea.

sunny2 A few notes on the ingredients will help with the recipe. Firstly, we use filtered aged rum like El Dorado 3 yr. or Banks 5-Island. It turns out you can filter the color from aged, darker rums and keep most of their “funk” and flavor. This kind of rum let us change the color of the drink and is a good cocktail ingredient, but if you already have Goslings or other dark rum you can use it (you just get a deeper color, extra recipe below). As for Ginger Liqueur, there are a few producers and each type varies slightly in sweetness and spice. It is best to mix your first version with less ginger liqueur and adjust upwards if needed. And you may need a dash of simple syrup to add sweetness without adding too much ginger. We also add a dash of Bittermen’s Burlesque bitters for extra funk, but it’s totally optional.

sunny3 And how does the Calm Sunny Day taste? Well, depending on who you ask it either tastes like a “ginger daiquiri” or “like a Dark ‘n Stormy”. And both work for us, you get a big zip of lime, followed by funky rum and a spicy ginger finish. And the aroma is also very nice. Overall, we like the drink and ended up “inverting” a number of elements from a classic cocktail. So not only was the Calm Sunny Day a very tasty drink, it was fun to create. That is what cocktails are all about (at least here at the farm).

So that is “inverted” recipe #1. Stay tuned for #2 and, perhaps, #3. We still have a week to go. Meanwhile, tomorrow is Fat Tuesday. Go have a Sazerac and listen to some good music….;-)

The Calm Sunny Day:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. filtered, aged rum (El Dorado 3 yr. old)
  • 1/2 oz. ginger liqueur, or more to taste (Creme de Gigembre)
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Dash of simple syrup (optional)
  • Dash of Bittermen’s Burlesque Bitters (optional, sub Angostura)
  • Lime wheel, for garnish

Assemble:

  1. Combine all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass, flute or coupé. Garnish with the lime wheel. Serve.

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The Inverted Dark ‘n Stormy:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Gosling’s rum
  • 1/2 oz. ginger liqueur, or more to taste (Creme de Gigembre)
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Lime wheel, for garnish

Assemble:

  1. Combine all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well-chilled and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass, flute or coupé. Garnish with the lime wheel. Serve.
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