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Perfect Storm Cocktail

The ship may have sailed on fruity summer cocktails, but this autumnal take on the Dark and Stormy, a classic boater's beverage, is a swell replacement.

  • Servings: 1
Perfect Storm Cocktail

Photography: Jens Mortensen

Source: Blueprint, September/October 2007


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 ounce ginger brew (we like Reed's)
  • 1 1/2 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces dark rum (we use Gosling's Black seal)


  1. 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.

Reviews (3)

  • Chucktownsc 5 Nov, 2013

    *Much* better than wimpy Reed's ginger beer is Fever Tree. This lone ingredient makes or breaks a Moscow Mule or a Dark 'n Stormy. A full, rich, intensely ginger flavor provides great backbone & structure to a cocktail.

  • PLeBlanc 26 Oct, 2009

    Black Seal -! way to go Martha now you are talking.....

  • nanaenay 6 Nov, 2007

    very delicious!

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