Friday Happy Hour: The Dark n’ Bubbly

We’ve shared a few versions of the classic French 75 here, but you don’t have to limit yourself to mixing champagne with gin. For Christmas, my sweet parents – who as complete tee totalers cannot make heads or tails of my love for cocktails – got me the new book by New York’s Death & Co bar. It is a tremendous resource for anyone who loves cocktails and I cannot recommend it enough. Here’s just one fantastically fun recipe that combines rum with champagne for another installment of this month’s champagne series, the Dark ‘N’ Bubbly. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Dark n’ Bubbly

1 1/2 oz Aged Rum
1/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Ginger Syrup
Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Shake the rum, lime, and ginger syrup with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or flute. Top with champagne and enjoy!

The Dark n’ Bubbly is a fun play on the Dark n’ Stormy, a drink of rum, lime, and ginger beer. Here, the effervescence is provided not by ginger beer, but the much crisper and drier champagne. It’s a lively, light recipe and a lot of fun to drink.

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For the rum, we used Flor de Caña 7 year. Flor de Caña is a Nicaraguan rum that is mellow but complex and surprisingly inexpensive considering its quality, so it has become one of our go-to rums for mixing. For the ginger syrup, Death & Co. calls for curried ginger syrup, but that wasn’t something we had lying around the house. We did, however, have some ginger syrup from the Brooklyn-based Morris Kitchen, which makes some pretty great syrups for cocktails. (Hands-down favorite: try their preserved lemon syrup and you’ll be hooked.)

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Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting lots of our experiments before they reach our Friday Happy Hour column!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

  1. Hi this drink looks amazing but what really caught my eye was the background is this a wallpaper ?

    • Hi Orla!

      It’s actually a brocade fabric (from Jo-Ann Fabrics) – isn’t it fabulous? I couldn’t resist it when I spotted it at the store last month!

      –Nole

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