Red Sky at Night Recipe

Light Rum, Ginger Beer, And Purple Basil Leaves
Red Sky at Night
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It’s the perfect drink for the cockpit after a day’s sail. It’s a no-fuss, minimalist thirst-quencher of a cocktail, and whereas the other superb sailor’s drink evokes images of a rough passage at sea, I prefer the vision of a soothing dusk and the knowledge that the next day’s sail will be a delight. The winning entry on Sailing World Magazine's Ultimate Boat Drink Contest, presented by Regatta Ginger Beer. Submitted by Mark Gillespie.

Red Sky at Night Ingredients

1.5 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
Ice - crushed
2 oz white/light rum
4 oz Regatta Ginger Beer
Ice cubes (Crushed or cubes)
Purple basil sprigs & lemon wedge for garnish

How to make a Red Sky at Night

  1. In a sturdy lowball glass, add purple basil leaves, lemon juice and a layer of crushed ice.
  2. Muddle in glass until leaves are crushed and liquid has a reddish tint. Add rum and stir of 30 seconds.
  3. Add Regatta Ginger Beer. Garnish.
  4. Flavor intensifies over the next few minutes.
  5. Mixologist's Note: Purple basil is key. Green basil will not work as a substitute.
Red Sky at Night