Meet Jonathan Roth. Jonathan is the bartender at Cork & Fin in the Gastown district of Vancouver.
Pay no attention to that lovely smile and come hither look. Jonathan is knowingly leading me astray. He makes an amazing cocktail called a Dark ‘n Stormy. I may or may not be in lust with this
man drink. Oh my, yes.
Apparently a Dark ‘n Stormy is a highball drink made from Gosling’s Black Seal rum and ginger beer, and is common in port towns (I am immediately ready to move to a port town for this. You may think I’m kidding; I am most definitely not.). It’s distinctively made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and ginger beer. Jonathan, however, has taken this drink to extraordinary new heights. He crafts his own simple syrup for this drink, made with Demerara sugar, actual pineapples, full palms of ginger, black cardamom, magic, dimples, and omg what was I talking about again?
I swear to you, it’s like gingerbread, rum, and crack.
Jonathan tells me that he makes the second best Dark ‘n Stormy in Vancouver; the award for best goes to the folks at Calabash Bistro. I am unconvinced this is true, despite Jonathan’s insistence. I did try to do my own due diligence, but I am loathe to tell you that the Calabash was closed. I was thereby (understandably) forced to return to Jonathan and try another one of his. Just to see if I could detect any margin for error.
I could not.
At this point, I suspect there’s some misplaced modesty here. I’ll stick with second best, thank you very much. If only he fit into my suitcase. I mean, you know, for that secret simple syrup — because, clearly, the ends justifies the means when it comes to a girl’s Dark ‘n Stormy.
Until next time, Jonathan. Don’t you worry; I’ll be in touch.