This week’s choice of spirit was easy seeing as August 16th is National Rum Day. Might as well be festive. Normally I do my rum infusions in over proof rum so I can later dilute them if need be. This time, after a friend’s “retirement” party ended in the cursing of Wray & Nephew and the combination of the delicacy of the vodka infusion, I opted to use regular proof, which turned out perfect.
The drink itself is essentially a Dark N Stormy, with a few minor tweaks to keep it a little light as to not over power the prickly pear. Replace the bite of ginger beer with some ginger ale and I had a nice soft drink to enjoy. This drink actually would make a great light party punch if one were to invest the time in infusion the rum (or possible making a prickly pear simply syrup, though I’d go light on the sugar).
Sand ‘n Storm
2 oz. prickly pear infused rum
4 oz. ginger ale
½ oz. fresh lime juice
– build ingredients in a Collins glass over ice
– stir to mix
garnish: flower petals (preferably purple/white)