According to a Gosling's Rum tale, this drink was invented more than 100 years ago when members of Bermuda's Royal Naval Officer's Club added a splash of the local rum to their spicy homemade ginger beer. They described its ominous hue as "the color of a cloud only a fool or dead man would sail under."
A slice of rhubarb pie gave bartender Katie Loeb the idea for this Floridita Daiquiri variation. "Tweaking a daiquiri with rhubarb seemed like a good starting point," she says. "Ginger and Chinese five-spice powder take the drink to the next level."
Scott Beattie, a third generation San Franciscan, maintains a 40-page, meticulously annotated cocktail and spirits list. His drinks rely heavily on local, sustainable ingredients, many of which are grown specifically for him, then delivered to his door by local farmers. Some of his favorite drink ingredients are herbs, like the Thai basil, mint and cilantro he muddles into his sweet and spicy Thai Boxer.
The origin of this classic rum cocktail is one of the great debates in tikidom. Both Ernest Beaumont-Gantt (a.k.a. "Donn Beach," the father of tiki culture) and Trader Vic founder Victor Bergeron lay claim to its invention. This version borrows from Beaumont-Gantt's recipe, which adds dashes of Pernod and Angostura bitters for complexity.
Instead of combining vodka with flavored Jell-O mix, Michael Symon concocts a refreshing mojito and stirs unflavored gelatin into the mint-and-lime-spiced rum drink to mold a fun and sophisticated version of the lowbrow shot.
As the story goes, Beaumont-Gantt created this potent drink in the 1930s and named it for its mind-altering effect after a friend consumed three of them. This lower-proof version is made with Velvet Falernum, an almond-and-lime-flavored liqueur that's a key ingredient in many tiki drinks.
Eben Freeman's foamy interpretation of eggnog—infused with the sweet, caramelly flavors of sticky toffee pudding, a British favorite, is halfway between a drink and a dessert. "It's thick enough to eat with a spoon," he says. "So was classic eggnog."