A few weeks ago I was issued a challenge: Create a stellar cocktail using the bitter liqueur known as BrancaMenta. And to aid in this particular challenge I was given a bottle of BrancaMenta and a $20 gift card to WholeFoods for cocktail ingredients and queso. Okay, queso wasn’t necessarily part of the challenge, but when you’ve got a little leftover dough on your gift card, queso must be bought. Anywho, back to the booze…
For some reason ginger beer was the first ingredient to come to mind as I brainstormed ideas for my #BrancaMenta Challenge cocktail. With that particular ingredient in mind I then came up with the idea to create my own twist on the classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail, which I dubbed the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy. Hence the addition of both BrancaMenta and vanilla bitters. Why the vanilla bitters? Well, for me I found that upon sipping BrancaMenta by itself there is a subtle vanilla flavor. So, I wanted to bring that flavor out a little more.
I do have to say that the Dark ‘n’ Somewhat Stormy turned out to be a unique and tasty twist on an original. Check out the recipe below. Cheers!
1.5 oz. Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. BrancaMenta
5 oz. Ginger Beer
2 Drops Vanilla Bitters
Place ice cubes in a tall glass. Add rum and BrancaMenta. Top with ginger beer and vanilla bitters. Stir and enjoy!