Spring has failed the British isles (a fresh heap of snow is falling as I write) winter is victorious, long live winter! Whilst summer’s unbridled enthusiasm is tamed by a host of cocktails and mixtures designed to cool and refresh you. There are countless variations with that sole purpose in mind. But during winter (and now, spring), we feel the pain of discontent. We’re left to escape the winter drudgery with just a few libations worthy of soothing us during a cold night’s chill. Most cocktails designed for this season are hot, yet few strike the chord of comfort that is needed when the post Christmas cold outside continues until it sets into your very bones. So we present the Jim Dandy, a non-traditional winter beverage that warms you up from the inside out.
It’s a beverage with robust, full flavours and spices to boot. The kick from the spiced rum, the soothing heat from the fresh ginger, citrus notes from lime juice, the spices from the chai tea and the sweetness from the pear come together very well indeed. It can serve as a great late night cocktail to have by the roaring fire. One sip will warm you, and a few more will make you forget you were ever even cold in the first place. As long as you have to deal with the extension of this winter cold, you can turn to this to ease the freeze.
‘The Jim Dandy’
Ingredients (makes 1)
60 ml Spiced Rum – we like Kraken Black (and not just for the packaging)
90 ml of Ginger beer – best use a ‘fiery’ variety for truly warm and spicy effect.
30 ml of Pear Juice (use a cloudy apple juice if you can’t get hold of this)
1/2 Lime, juiced
1/2 tsp (5 ml) fresh ginger, grated
15 ml of Chai (Spiced) tea, allowed to cool
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Infused ice cubes (recipe to follow)
Pear slices, to garnish
Lime quarter, to garnish
Lime & Ginger Infused Ice Ingredients
1 x lime, cut into thin wedges (about 8)
1 x Knob of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (about 8 slices)
I) Take a chai tea bag and pour boiling water over top (as if making tea). Let steep for 5 minutes and place in the fridge to cool.
II) Fill a cocktail glass halfway with ice. Pour in the spiced rum, ginger beer, pear juice, lime juice, grated ginger and chai tea. Top with the bitters. Give it a good stir to mix all the ingredients together. Place a pear slice and lime quarter on top and finish with an infused ice cube, which will slowly release the added flavour.
Note: For a large batch method, pour all ingredients ,minus the bitters, into a pitcher. (Multiply the ingredients by the number of people you will be serving to determine the amount.) Pour into individual ice-filled cocktail glasses and top with bitters, pear slice, lime and infused ice cubes.