YAY…It’s Friday!!!! Is anybody else as excited about that as I am?
This has been a long, strange week. It involved a massive head cold, great meetings, late nights, celebrity sightings (Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer and a couple of others that I just could not place – man getting old sucks), some fantastic cocktails, recipe disasters in the kitchen and some good food. Although, if you leave out the cold part, most of my friends think this is what living in Los Angeles is like for me on a daily basis (fyi…it’s not). So I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a cocktail…preferably something strong. How about a rum cocktail?
I thought it might be fun to concoct something to celebrate Chinese New Year, which is this coming Monday. Yes, I realize that rum isn’t very Chinese but ginger and lemon are…so just go with it okay? It’s a drink recipe, you’ve gotta love that.
This rum and ginger fizz cocktail is a nice changeup to those sweet cocktails. The ginger gives it quite the spicy kick, the Meyer lemon a tartness (but slightly sweet), the bitters give it well…you know and the rum of course gives you the buzz. I really like how the fizz in this rum drink intensifies the the spiciness of the ginger too.
I’ve posted more than one rum cocktail on My Man’s Belly before. In fact, I’ve paired rum and ginger before. There’s something about that combination that’s very seductive to me. A dark or spiced rum paired with the bite of ginger somehow dances along the line of sweet and savory. Whether the drink leans sweet or savory is then determined by the rest of the ingredients in the glass. I think it’s fun to push ingredients in different directions to see how they taste. Yes, I love playing with my food.
So why not make up a batch of this Rum and Ginger Fizz drink recipe to celebrate the weekend and the Chinese New Year – the year of the black water dragon?
The truth is out there.
Recipe: Rum Cocktail: The Rum and Ginger Fizz
Summary: Use tall glasses for this drink
- 2 Teaspoons Grated Fresh Ginger
- 1 Teaspoon Bitters (such as Angostura)
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (preferably from a Meyer lemon)
- 1/2 Cup Dark Rum
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Ginger Liqueur
- Sparkling Water
- Lemon Wheels
- In a cocktail shaker add all ingredients except for the sparkling water.
- Cover and shake vigorously.
- Pour half of the mixture into each glass.
- Fill halfway with ice and add in one or two lemon wheels.
- Continue filling glass with ice.
- Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water.
- Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 2
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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