A few weeks ago Captain Morgan was in town. The Captain had sponsored a contest to highlight their new Black Rum and our bartender Jay entered with a first class drink, Gingered Captain Black. To the winner went a booty of Captain Black treasure so Jay went for broke. For this drink you’ll first need to make a ginger syrup. This is right out of Jean George’s cookbook but we use half water, half lime juice.
1 cup peeled, chopped ginger
1 cup lime juice
1 cup water
2 fresh chiles (we use jalapenos)
2 stalks lemon grass, chopped
Peel the ginger with the back of a spoon then rough chop, place into a food processor along with the chiles and pulse. Remove from the processor then place this in a sauce pan along with the remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer and just let it sit for about ten minutes. Push through a fine mesh strainer and set this aside. We use this syrup to make our homemade ginger ale.
Gingered Captain Black
1.5 ounces Captain Morgan Black Rum
1 ounce Ginger Syrup
1 ounce Simple Syrup
3 Lime Wedges
2 Mint Leaves
Muddle the mint and lime wedges, add remaining ingredients, stir then serve over ice. Garnish with fresh mint and a slice of lime.
So imagine our surprise when we heard that this cocktail didn’t even place. We were shocked. The winner? I would love to say that it was something so original and clever that it deserved first place, I would love to post a recipe and a photo of the winner. But the winning drink was a Captain Morgan Curry Pina Colada. You heard me, a CURRY Pina Colada. Wow! Sorry but I wasn’t even remotely interested in that recipe.