Produced locally in Santa Cruz, CA by Hans Losee, a long time bartender, Artisan Elixir has taken it upon themselves to educate the ginger drinking public with a series of “how to” cocktail videos – including a lesson on the Dark N’ Stormy.
A quick review of the ingredient list revealed organic agave and lemon emulsion hinting that we’d be tasting a twist on the classic ginger. With an authentic ginger smell, milky appearance, and chunks of ginger floating through the bottle, the pre-tasting excitement was palpable. But after the first sip many of our judges did not know what to make of Golden Ginger. A strong lemon flavor and notes of lychee left many enjoying the drink but comparing it to non-alcoholic offerings you might find at a trendy restaurant. Our judges were also surprised that a drink with so much ginger floating around lacked almost any spice or burn.
Results were also mixed when partnered with rum and lime. The subtle fruit quality was accentuated becoming a citrus finish. It was distinct enough for one of our judges to declare the drink a “Fruity ‘n’ Stormy.” When the scores were submitted, we found our judges were decidedly split over Golden Ginger, awarding a wide range of scores from a high of 9 to a low of 3. This is one beverage you’ll either love or hate.