Captain and Ginger: An Incomplete Cocktail For A Complete Review

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Captain and Ginger Ale

I was sure that lime was good. I was positive of it. I’d only bought it a whole…two…weeks ago. Hmm, okay so I guess that makes sense. But this is what you get when you focus more on action than preparation. All the same, we’ve got a cocktail of sorts to consider.

So before me I have a partial rendition of the “Captain and Ginger” cocktail. Naturally in this, as you may have guessed, lime is the missing ingredient. However just as I’ll not let a blow head gasket stop me from driving, or let something as insignificant as not being invited keep me from a party, I’ll not let this minor absence get in my way. To start out with however, the recipe for this drink is as follows:

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
  • 4 oz. ginger ale (Canada Dry, in this instance)
  • 1 lime wedge

The final form of this drink ought to more or less look exactly as it does in the image above, save for the addition of a lime wedge both presumable for the dash of limey goodness, as well as a garnish to spruce up the cocktail. As my lime was more brown than green, we’re going Spartan here and avoiding the frivolous clutter of a decorative piece of fruit.

This absence aside however, what do we have in this? Well as ginger ale is often a go-to spritzer of sorts for most any liquor in my book, we have an interesting combination of flavors which, between them, evens out to a surprisingly workable and simple drink. Mixing the ingredients (all two of them) into a single baby rocks glass over some ice has created something that is almost iced tea like in nature.

Though the bubbly ginger freshness of the ginger ale does sort of lord over the drink by and large, there emerges from beneath it all defined hints of the spiced rum which serves as the real backbone to it. Here as the spices and slightly acerbic alcoholic punch of one of the most recognizable brands of rum swims about in the midst of a refreshing soda, we’re offered the opportunity to take it on in a tamer, more management format. Here, in what almost seems like straight ahead watered-down rum (which if we’re being honest is what most cheap and easy cocktails amount to regardless of the booze-base upon which they’re built,) we really do have a genuinely easy way to throw back some rum and wait for the winter to be over.

If we were to plan better and add in the zesty acidic twist of lime, the totality of the palate impression one would get from this likely wouldn’t be all that different, save for a bit of zing that would likely and with grace complement the ginger in its course. As are most cocktails made with soda pop, this effectively adds a hint or two of greater flavor depth and a dash of alcohol to what ultimately ends up tasting a great deal like an “organic” or alternative soda itself. But hey, it’s all about making things go down smoother, right?

So to Captain Morgan’s, to the spirit of half-assing one’s prep and just calling it a plan and of course to you, I say as always…


While the brand may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.

Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.

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