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The Dark Ginger Thyme Storm variation of the Dark & Stormy with fresh lemon and dark ginger thyme syrup.

Dark Ginger Thyme Storm

The Dark Ginger Thyme Storm variation of the Dark & Stormy with fresh lemon and dark ginger thyme syrup.

The classic Dark & Stormy with Goslings Rum, ginger beer and lime is a favorite of many. It tastes great and it is easy to make with three ingredients. Simple and flavorful make it the best of both worlds. There’s nothing better than coming home from a long work day and having a great drink with little effort required. Well, okay… it’s much better if there is no work required, because someone else makes it for you. That’s way better!

But sometimes the same old thing gets a little, shall we say; boring. There’s a reason Chef Emeril Lagasse uses the phrase, “Kick it up a Notch.” Add some enthusiasm to your usual drink. Enhance the flavor. Mix things up a little. Change is good.

Dark Ginger Thyme Storm Recipe

The Dark Ginger Thyme Storm variation of the Dark & Stormy with fresh lemon and dark ginger thyme syrup.

Dark Ginger Thyme Storm – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

2 ounces Shellback Spiced Rum

1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Dark Ginger Thyme Syrup (easy syrup recipe)

2 ounces Ginger Beer

Lemon Wheel

Thyme Sprig

Place spiced rum, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into a large rocks glass or tall glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lemon wheel and thyme sprig.

The Dark Ginger Thyme Storm variation of the Dark & Stormy uses lemon to complement the ginger flavor. The ginger and thyme syrup with dark brown sugar packs in the extra power punch of flavor. This drink is nicely tart with soft sweetness. There is gentle lemonade flavor with crisp ginger notes. I also created the Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch with the same syrup. The syrup recipe makes plenty for several cocktails, so try the recipe in the link and the drink recipe above. You won’t regret it!

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The Dark Ginger Thyme Storm recipe was commissioned by representatives of Shellback Rum as part of The Intoxicologist Corporate Mixology program. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for Shellback Rum on this site and at ShellbackRum.com and by following Shellback Rum on Facebook.

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Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini is silky smooth, but leans heavily toward sweet. A little goes a long way in this smaller size cocktail. Sip and be merry.

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini is silky smooth, but leans heavily toward sweet. A little goes a long way in this smaller size cocktail. Sip and be merry.

Sampler size cocktails are one of the hottest “new” trends in bars and restaurants nationwide. But really, smaller size cocktails make perfect sense and have been around for ages. Large cocktails served in 10 to 12 ounce martini glasses are much too big. They warm before anyone has a chance to drink them at a reasonable pace. And let’s be perfectly honest, dessert style cocktails such as the one below are much better served in smaller portions. The liquids stay chilled and the sweet factor stays manageable.

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini is silky smooth, but leans heavily toward sweet. A little goes a long way in this smaller size cocktail. Sip and be merry.

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini Recipe

Baileys Vanilla Silk Martini

1 ounce Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur

1 ounce Vanilla Vodka

1/2 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

Combine liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a small chilled martini glass.

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9 delicious Hot Coffee suggestions are perfect for chilly weekend mornings, holiday gatherings or enjoy some snuggle time by the evening fire. Enjoy!

Hot Coffee Recipe Suggestions

9 delicious Hot Coffee suggestions are perfect for chilly weekend mornings, holiday gatherings or enjoy some snuggle time by the evening fire. Enjoy!
9 delicious Hot Coffee suggestions are perfect for chilly weekend mornings, holiday gatherings or enjoy some snuggle time by the evening fire. Enjoy!

Curl up with a hot cup of coffee and a good book if you can. You deserve a little caffeinated bliss during these blustery mornings. These 9 delicious Hot Coffee recipe suggestions are perfect for chilly weekend mornings, holiday gatherings or enjoy some snuggle time by the evening fire. Enjoy!

Baileys Coffee – 1

Equal parts Baileys® Irish Cream and Fresh Brewed Coffee

Whipped Cream – optional

It’s holiday season. Add whipped cream if dollop will do ya! Don’t forget Baileys has more flavors than just Irish Cream.

Hot Pumpkin – 2

1 ounce Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

1/2 ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

4 ounces Fresh Brewed Coffee

Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Pie Spice – just a pinch

Add ingredients to a heat resistant mug in the order given. Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.

Hazelnut Coffee – 3

1 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

4 ounces Fresh Brewed Coffee

Whipped Cream

Chocolate Shavings

Add ingredients to a heat resistant mug in the order given. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Café Disaronno – 4

3/4 ounce Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur

5 ounces Fresh Brewed Coffee

1 ounce Whipped Cream

1 teaspoon Sugar

Espresso Beans

Pour liqueur and sugar in a heat resistant coffee mug. Add fresh brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with an espresso bean.

Bavarian Coffee – 5

1/2 ounce Peppermint Schnapps

1/2 ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

5 ounces Fresh Brewed Coffee

1 teaspoon Sugar

1-1/2 ounce Whipped Cream

Grated Chocolate

Pour liqueurs and sugar in bottom of a heat resistant coffee mug. Add fresh brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream. Add grated chocolate to the top.

Dutch Chocolate Butternut – 6

1 ounce Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka

1/2 ounce Butterscotch Schnapps

1/2 ounce Amaretto Liqueur

Fresh Brewed Coffee

Whipped Cream

Butterscotch Syrup

Pour vodka, schnapps and liqueur in a heat resistant coffee mug. Add fresh brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream. Drizzle butterscotch syrup on top.

Irish Winter – 7

1 ounce Kahlua Coffee Cream Liqueur

1 ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey

Fresh Brewed Coffee

Whipped Cream

Chocolate Curls

Place liqueur and whiskey in a heat resistant coffee mug. Add fresh brewed coffee. Top with dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate curls.

Café Leblon – 8

2 ounces Leblon Cachaca

1/2 ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

1/2 ounce Vanilla Liqueur

7 ounces Fresh Brewed Coffee

1/2 teaspoon Demerara Sugar

Rim mug with Demerara sugar. Pour cachaça and liqueurs in mug. Top with coffee. Stir.

Nose Warmer – 9

1/2 ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

1/2 ounce Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

1/2 ounce Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

4 ounces Fresh Brewed Coffee or Espresso

Whipped Cream

Place liqueurs in a heat resistant mug. Top with fresh brewed coffee or espresso. Garnish with whipped cream.

Home is the comfiest place to be. - Winnie the Pooh

The cooks in your kitchen deserve an extra special caffeinated treat in their morning cup. We’ve prepared five Thanksgiving Day Early Bird coffees to show your cook a little morning thankfulness.

Thanksgiving brings the whole family together. That means little ones, too. These four Family Friendly Hot Cocoa and Coffee recipes are terrific for those who just want something delicious. Each recipe adds an extra note of how to kick it up a notch for a more adult version. The Razz and Chocolate Marsh have always been my two favorites in the bunch.

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These recipes have been updated and reprinted from lost archives. Recipes and photos included in the photo collage at the top of the page were provided by brand representatives.

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