Rum Remedy

I’m not talking about when you have a sore throat and you want a little baby hot toddy. Yeah, that’s a baby drink. I’m talking when you have a grown up hangover and hair of the dog is just too rough and besides, you can’t really remember all the the things you drank last night anyway… That was my impetus for creating this. Plus I had a cold…

And, I like dark rum. I’ve tried Bacardi, and it was… ehh… and Goslings is also just…. eh. Well, back before I had discovered my favorite 10 Cane Rum, I tried Kraken. Okay, mostly I bought it because it has a cool bottle with little finger loops so you can carry it like a drunken pirate and it has the most kick-ass illustration of a kraken as a label, but don’t let it’s inherent hipsterness turn you off. It’s actually pretty damn good and certainly better than the aforementioned options for really dark rum that you’ll find at most liquor stores. On the other hand, if you’re even more of a snob than me, you might want to try a good aged rum like Zaya or my new favorite Don Papa, but for a mixed drink like this Kraken is just right. And it’s good for a hangover.

As for the honey lemon ginger syrup, that’s pretty simple (syrup), and you can follow the basic process from my earlier recipe for the Lemon Drop Martini. Most simple syrups call for equal parts water and sugar, but when using honey, I lessen the ratio cuz honey is really sweet. I used a cup of water to about a ½ cup of honey with maybe 3 tablespoons sliced ginger and peeling from about ½ a lemon. I didn’t boil this down as much as a I should have, but it worked out fine. The Pastis is an optional kicker for a bit of licorice flavor, but any anisette type liqueur would be work too, such as Sambuca, Arrack, Ouzo, etc. Also, I like Reed’s ginger beer, but this time I used Fentimans which I found in my local health food store, so it must be healthy, right? Nurse this carefully…


  • 1 ½ oz. dark rum

  • 1 ½ oz. fresh squeezed tangerine

  • 1 ½ oz. honey lemon ginger syrup

  • 2-3 oz. ginger beer

  • ¼ oz Pastis (optional)

  • honey

  • cinnamon

Dip the rim of the glass in honey on a plate, then dip it into cinnamon on a plate. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and shake together rum, ginger syrup, tangerine juice and optional Pastis. Strain and pour over ice and top off with ginger beer. Drink slowly…

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