Friday, September 18, 2009

Half Way to St. Paddy's Day!!!

Yesterday was Half Way to St. Paddy's Day and I celebrated with a little jig in my heart and some Jameson in my glass. Specifically Jameson and Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer! So delicious! Ginger Beer was originally produced in the 1700s, brought to North America by the British colonists where it was brewed locally in homes and taverns. After the American civil war, it was produced commercially and transported to new markets, mostly in western New York state, where breweries cropped up along the Erie Canal. In the US, production was abruptly halted by Prohibition. (Damn it!) Ginger beer also has many medicinal uses and is a common stomach settler (ginger root is an effective treatment for nausea and motion sickness).

Obviously Gosling's point of the ginger beer was to create an easier way to make a quick Dark 'n Stormy and they bill it as "the only ginger beer made strictly to make Dark 'n Stormy cocktails" (the official drink of Bermuda). It is sweet and spicy and perfect! You can always make a tradtional Dark 'n Stormy but I prefer Jameson!

Dark 'n Stormy
  • 2 ounces of Gosling's Black Seal Rum
  • 1/2 can of Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer (or to taste)

Jameson & Ginger

  • 2 ounces of Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 can of Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer

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