Dark and Stormies are one of my favorite drinks. The perfect seafaring beverage: it has lime to ward off seasickness and ginger to banish seasickness. More than that the combination of ginger, lime, and rum is unbeatable. Unfortunately real ginger beer can be difficult to find in the States and calling something made with ginger ale a dark and stormy is almost an insult to the drink.
Not to worry. Stormy Seas Ginger Juice can be used as a homemade dark and stormy mixer.
My godmother gave me a slightly different version of this recipe a few years ago I have been making it since. Drinking water from the water-maker can get old so when I’m in port I like to make a batch of this. The longer it sits the better and more gingery it tastes and one batch can always be watered down to taste.
It’s the perfect drink to sip on a hot day or on stormy seas to fend off potential seasickness. More than just tasting good it’s useful as well, even more so than the original dark and stormy. Ginger juice has a ton of real ginger which works wonders for settling stomachs and preventing seasickness. Between the ginger and all the vitamin C, ginger juice is a tasty dose of health.
Whether you’re a teetotaler or drink like a sailor this drink is sure to be a hit.
Stormy Seas Ginger Juice
- 4 cups boiling water
- ½ cup grated ginger (preferably young ginger)
- ½ cups sugar
- 1 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup lime juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 5 c cool water
This recipe is a whole lot easier if you have a food processor on board to puree your ginger or buy chopped ginger. If you don’t have one on board then I recommend using young ginger because it is less stringy and easier to grate.
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pan
- Add ginger, sugar, & cinnamon in boiling water and remove from flame.
- Let steep for an hour.
- Add juice and remaining water
- Store in refrigerator, I used empty plastic 2-liter bottles
* Try making it with different types of juice: grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, or whatever you have in your galley
* Mix with sparkling water
* Mix in rum for delicious cocktails
* Dilute with more water to stretch further
* Use honey instead of sugar