Barritts is the grandaddy of ginger beers having been brewed since 1874. Keeping with its hundred year plus traditions it’s made with real cane sugar and stone brewed. It can be difficult to find on the West Coast and we only got our hands on a case thanks to the a shipment from the company’s Brand Manager who wanted to ensure we could make a “proper Dark n’ Stormy’. Looking at it in the bottle with a slanted logo design you might think you had a Miller High Life in your hands. All that changes once you twist the top. A pleasant ginger flavor with notes of citrus greet you at first sip. This is an easy drinking ginger beer (only a 2 on the spice scale), with low carbonation and very little bite. Barritts is a “straight shooter” that’s easy to drink on it’s own.
But this ginger has a secret. Mild mannered during the day–almost pedestrian–things step up, and the citrus breaks through with a shot of dark rum. And there you are, expecting an average cocktail and now a damn fine Dark n’ Stormy is staring you in the face. Well, drink up my friend, this is what you’ve been searching for.