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The Dark and Flashy

September 5, 2012

We’ve all been told a million times that the greatest discoveries and/or inventions typically stem from an accident. It’s why we’ve always told my little brother he was our family’s greatest discovery. Just kidding Joe. Just checking in to see if you are still reading…

But in all honesty, there’s a fundamental reason that this story holds up over time. Unintended outcomes aren’t always great, but when they are, it’s easy to get a bit more excited about them. Which takes us to Island Blues in Coral Bay, St. John. There we were, ready to get our dark and stormy on, when we got chatting with the bartender and owner, Colette. She had purchased the bar back in November and was planning on staying open through the hurricane season because, well, she understood something that resonates quite well with the Nobler Experiment: someone has to stay open and serve the locals.

And that’s when it happened. With our buzzed chatter the focus of all of our attention, I caught out of the corner of my eye the second round of Dark and Stormys being poured and noticed one of those “accidents” in the works. Rather than the canned ginger beer finishing off the rum and few dashes of bitters (a great addition to a dark and stormy by the way), it was a slim can of the Green Flash making its way into my cocktail and it was too late to stop it.

Green Flash, a product of the St. John Brewers who happen to make some damn good mango beer as well, is the Caribbean replica of Red Bull. I’ve never been a huge energy drink fan, but as I made clear to our bartender, I’m not a big proponent of waste either. And who knows, maybe this accident was actually a great new invention. And considering this post would be awfully boring if the drink sucked, I think you can guess what happened next.

The drink was pretty damn perfect considering what the alternative energy drink and booze combination typically amount to. Red Bull and Vodkas are not exactly delicious, although they certainly do the trick (remind me to tell you about my Berlin dance club experience at the next Gathering…). But the Dark and Flashy, our cheeky named new cocktail actually tasted good. The dark aged rum and the bitters help counteract that classic energy drink flavor profile and with a little lime to break up the sweetness, we had ourselves a hit. Such a bit hit that Colette was serving these guys up in cocktails and in shooters the next night to a packed crowd. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Island Blues where I can only hope the Dark and Flashy remains forever!

I doubt you can get the Green Flash in the states but Red Bull should do the trick here. And in that case…

The Dark and Bullish

2 oz dark aged rum (I like Mount Gay)

4 oz Red Bull

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

1 orange wedge

1 lime wedge

Mix the first three ingredients over ice, preferably in a plastic cup, preferably at a beach bar. Squeeze both the orange wedge and the lime wedge for garnish.

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One comment

  1. I believe the phrase used was a “surprise” not so much an accident…



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