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Strawberry Dark and Stormy

Writing to you from a rainy Texas, we decided on a beverage tribute to our abnormally stormy summer. The Dark and Stormy cocktail is traditionally made of non-alcoholic ginger beer and dark rum served over ice. They’re spicy and delicious. I decided on a summery twist for the blustery drink by adding an awesome fresh strawberry puree.

Non-alcoholic Ginger Beer is essentially a ginger-flavored soda. It’s spicy and really refreshing.

Any dark rum will work with this recipe.

I strain the strawberry puree in cheesecloth, which can be purchased at most grocery stores, to ensure it’s smooth and seed-free.

This refreshing Strawberry Dark and Stormy will help you forget the perfectly warmed pool and golf fairways just begging for some divots.

Happy rainy July!

Approximate Nutrition Facts:

Serving size: 16 FL oz. (1 pint glass)

160 Calories

Strawberry Dark and Stormy

Makes 5 Adult Servings

Ingredients:

2 cups Whole Raw Strawberries

5 pretty Strawberries for Garnish

1 cup Dark Spiced Rum

2.5 bottles Ginger Beer (12 FL oz. each)

5 cups Ice

Cheese Cloth

Directions:

Chill five 16 FL oz. glasses with water and ice.

Cut the stems off your strawberries.

Put the strawberries in a blender and blend on high for at least 1 minute.

Line a small bowl with 4-ply cheesecloth. [Just fold cheesecloth over itself 4 times.]

Pour the pureed strawberries in the cheesecloth.

Fold the cheesecloth over the puree and squeeze the liquid out into the bowl.

Mix 1.25 cups strawberry puree with 1 cup dark spiced rum.

Discard the ice and water used to chill the glasses.

Pour ½ cup ice into each of the now chilled glasses.

Pour 3 ounces of the strawberry/rum mixture (2 shots worth) into each glass.

Top with the ginger beer (about ½ a bottle) and stir.

Garnish with a strawberry and serve!

Time: 10 minutes

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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. JG #

    FAB PHOTOS!!! Can’t wait to try out this photo-genic tasty looking treat….

    July 14, 2012
  2. Chikachef #

    Absolutely yum!

    July 15, 2012
  3. I LOVE your photography. WHat camera do you use to get that effect? Is it a special filter? You are very talented.

    July 15, 2012
    • I’m flattered! Thank you so much. I use a Nikon D90 with no special filter. I take hundreds of photos and experiment with lighting. It’s a work in progress 🙂

      July 15, 2012
  4. Keith Plummer #

    Oh man!!! That looks awesome! This I have to try and forward to friends.

    July 15, 2012
  5. Alternatively, you could run the strawberries through a juicer.

    July 17, 2012
  6. This is perfect.

    August 5, 2012

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