This is my new favorite fall cocktail – The Perfect Storm. It is featured in the current issue of Blueprint Magazine (love it, and their blog, Bluelines!) It is a riff on a Dark ‘n Stormy and it is delicious! Here’s the recipe:
- 1 vanilla bean
- .5 cup superfine sugar
- 1 oz. ginger beer (they use Reed’s, I prefer Goya)
- 1.5 oz. apple cider
- 2 oz. dark rum (Goslings, baby!)
Split a vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the inside and add it to the sugar, setting aside the pod. Stir until the sugar is speckled with bits of vanilla. Dip the rim of a glass in water, then in the sugar to coat. Mix ginger brew, apple cider, and rum in a measuring cup. Pour over ice into glass and garnish with half the vanilla bean. Enjoy!
I also made a non-alcoholic version for Gist – I omitted the rum and used 2 oz. of ginger beer and 3oz. of cider – it was also delicious!