Sailor’s Sunset

A Caribbeanized Collins.

sailor sunset cocktail recipe daniel krieger

The Sailor’s Sunset is named for the saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” In sailing lore, a crimson sunset is a harbinger of good sailing weather the following day. This tall, gingery drink follows the formula for another drink born at sea, the Dark ‘n’ Stormy, except with the addition of grapefruit juice and bitter red Campari. Or you could look at it like a rum Collins, but with lime instead of lemon and ginger soda instead of plain. Either way, it’s a drinker’s delight.

  • 1 1/2 ounces dark rum (preferably Jamaican)
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
  • 2 ounces ginger soda

Garnish: crystallized ginger slice

  1. Add rum, Campari, lime juice, grapefruit juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain over ice into a Collins glass.
  4. Top with ginger soda and garnish with a crystallized ginger slice.

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