This is a wine variation on the classic Dark 'n' Stormy. The recipe calls for a Yellow Tail Cabernet Shiraz blend, but Spirits columnist Jason Wilson found that the cocktail worked well with most brands of affordable Australian shiraz.
It also calls for a dark rum such as Gosling's; Jason Wilson also recommends an aged rum such as Zacapa, Pampero Anniversario or Flor de Cana 7-year. The bitters add a nice structure to the drink, but it's also nice without them.
- 1 1/2 ounces dark or aged rum
- 1 1/2 ounces shiraz or cabernet shiraz blend
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 ounce agave nectar
- 1 dash Angostura bitters (optional)
- Ginger beer
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the rum, shiraz or cabernet shiraz blend, lime juice, agave nectar and bitters, if desired. Shake well, then strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top off with ginger beer.
Adapted from mixologist Trudy Thomas of the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz., for Yellow Tail.
Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.
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