The Hugo Cocktail from 'The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen'


[Photograph: Squire Fox]

Inspired by and named for the infamous hurricane that wrecked the Carolina coast in 1989, Matt and Ted Lee's Hugo cocktail is just as fierce as its namesake. At its core, the beverage is a riff on a Dark and Stormy, but it uses a serious dose of fresh ginger juice instead of the soda. The juice (plus the rum, of course) is strong enough to distract the drinker from any storm heading inland.

Why I picked this recipe: I love fresh ginger even more than I love Dark and Stormys.

What worked: The potent ginger juice is an excellent partner for sweet rum, and the two are well-balanced with lime, sugar, and bitters.

What didn't: No problems at all.

Suggested tweaks: You could play around with the base spirit if you're feeling creative. Aged tequila would also be nice here.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen to give away this week.