Our fridge is constantly occupied by various syrups, shrubs and infusions in varying degrees of freshness. This cocktail was inspired by last week’s Grape & Ginger Syrup and a hankering for something with brandy.

What resulted is a cocktail vaguely reminiscent of a Dark & Stormy – but with brandy as the base spirit and the ginger coming from our syrup instead of ginger beer. Unsurprisingly, this drink is dangerously drinkable – though without as much of the ginger “bite” you’d expect from ginger beer.

I also liked how the grape syrup played up the grape flavor in the brandy. I’m a big fan of pairing spirits with syrups made of their fruit origins – so perhaps that’s no surprise.

So we’re calling this one “Tempête Sombre” – which is (according to Google Translate) French for “Dark Storm” – pretty close to “dark and stormy”, at least. (See what I did there?)

Tempête Sombre

It’s like a Dark & Stormy, but with a French influence - with Brandy and grape-ginger syrup.
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Cognac We used Courvoisier VS
  • 0.75 oz Grape & Ginger Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Lime Juice
  • 4 oz Soda Water

Grape & Ginger Syrup

  • 1 cup Grapes
  • 0.5 cups sugar
  • 1 pc Fresh Ginger (Thumb-sized)

Instructions

  • Shake all ingredients except soda water to chill and dilute.
  • Then fine strain into a collins glass with fresh ice and top with soda water.
  • (Optional) Garnish with a lime wheel.

Grape & Ginger Syrup

  • Macerate grapes with sugar
  • Allow to sit in the fridge overnight and fine strain mixture to separate the solids.
  • Next add syrup and 1 thumb sized piece of ginger to a blender and puree mixture for 1 minute.