Ring in the New Year with a Sparkling Dark and Stormy

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A few years ago I had my first dark and stormy ever and ever since it’s been my go-to drink. They remind me of balmy summer nights and cold, cold drinks. I don’t usually drink them during the wintery months but I figured a splash of champagne would make them festive enough for New Years. 

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I’m doing the old-person thing this New Years and hanging out at home with a few friends and I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to make for us to sip on that evening. I want something that doesn’t require a ton of ingredients and something I can prep beforehand. This is a perfect option. I’m also thinking of trying to make my first Glogg, the Swedish mulled wine. If any of you have a go-to recipe, I’d love to hear about it! 

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Happy New Year!

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Spending New Year's Eve at home? This festive spin on the classic dark and stormy is a perfect cocktail to share among friends. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3-inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced 
  • 8 ounces dark rum 
  • Champagne

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, set over medium heat, add the sugar, water and ginger. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat off and cover; steep for 15 minutes. Strain the syrup, discarding the sliced ginger. 
  2. To a shaker, add a small handful of ice, syrup and dark rum. Shake until cold. Divide amongst 6 coupe glasses and top with a splash of champagne. 

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.