The cocktail is a Bermudian invention made with a local non-alcoholic Ginger Beer, Barritt’s. The stuff is the real thing, a greenish cloudy intensly spicy ginger beer (or at least it was last time I had it. I’ve heard rumours since that they’re filtering the stuff now.) It has a real ginger kick that shows up ginger ale as a pale and tasteless imitation.
Of course a real Longtail makes her Dark ‘n Stormy with Gosling’s Rum, another local product still made by the family that started the firm back in the 1700s. It’s a great dark rum, although if you’re looking for a smooth sipping rum you’ll probably prefer a more upscale variety.
The real problem with a Dark ‘n Stormy is the ginger beer. Lacking a local product you are unlikely to find one as tasty as Barritt’s. But being in Saskatoon I’m unlikely to discover the stuff in the local StuporStore anytime soon.
Here’s a prairie variation that has a decent kick.
2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum (or dark rum of choice)
2 oz Crabbies Orange Ginger Beer
Lime wedge (or lemon)
Highball glass filled with ice.
Crabbies is actually a pretty good alcoholic ginger beer, though I still lust for the real Barritt’s.