The Jim Dandy

Published On January 7, 2013 | By Mike Lewicki | Cocktails, Rum

Spiced rum has always been a drink I’ve fancied when the weather worsens. It’s loaded with warm spices and intoxicating aromas. Depending on the variety, you’ll find a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla trapped inside. And I believe those spices lift rum to an entirely different level, one that is perfect for the base of a great winter cocktail.

Summer’s unbridled enthusiasm is tamed by a host of cocktails and mixtures designed to cool you off. There are countless variations with that sole purpose in mind. But during winter, we feel the pain of discontent. We’re left to escape the winter drudgery with just a few libations worthy of soothing a cold night’s chill. Most cocktails designed for this season are hot, yet few strike the chord of comfort that is needed when the fury outside rages on. So I made you this–a non-traditional winter beverage that warms you up from the inside out.

After trying my first dark and stormy, a simple combination of rum and ginger beer, I felt as if something was lacking. So I tried to improve on it, at least for my own sake. I wanted a drink with even more flavour, added spice and great tasting notes. And I wanted something sweeter. I created this drink, The Jim Dandy, to fill that void. It’s a beverage with robust, full flavours and spices to match. The kick from the spiced rum, the soothing power of fresh ginger, the citrus notes from lime juice, the spices from the chai tea and the sweetness from the pear nectar come together harmoniously. It can serve as a great late night cocktail to have by the roaring fire. One sip will warm you, and a few more will make you forget you were ever cold in the first place. As long as I have to deal with the potential brutality of winter, I can turn to this to ease the pain.

Mike Lewicki is a contributor at The Boys Club and blogger at Verses From My Kitchen.


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Mike Lewicki
once worked behind a bar. You can't get better cocktail experience than that. Mike is blogger at Versus From My Kitchen Follow Mike on twitter @mikevfmk.

10 Responses to The Jim Dandy

  1. Sarah says:

    Hey peeps. Where’d you get that bench? I love it’s style. I want it for my own. Also, pass a Jim Dandy, please.

  2. Gail says:

    What a magnificent work of art!
    The cocktail AND the photo!

  3. Tonda Cacciatori says:

    Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.[5] Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be made into candy, or ginger wine which has been made commercially since 1740.’

    Be well

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