Could there be a more ideal place to celebrate the 4th than the Cape Cod area? I mean, it's the cradle of American patriotism if there ever way one, what with Plymouth rock just down the road. Im spending a few days here for the 4th and loving every moment. In my mind, this is the type of place where patriotism runs through your veins, where everyone wears red, white, and blue everywhere they go and where even the stop lights have the Star Spangled Banner playing over loudspeakers. Yes, thats an exaggeration, but its not all that far off.
For my trip back here, I concocted this twist on the Boston Cooler. Except, as I learned after I already made it, this isn't from Boston and no one really knows why its even called a Boston Cooler. From the best I can tell, its a drink that originated at a Detroit soda fountain located on Boston Boulevard and its made using local (to Michigan) Vernor's Ginger Ale. But, let's ignore all of that, shall we? Because I took that concept and tweaked it so much that this version might as well be from Boston. You say Cape Cod and I think sail boats and sea salt so I figured a tweak on this drink with a certain nautical flair was in order.
So, with these Rum and Ginger Beer Floats, I've taken the ingredients for a Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail, floated it, and added a little salt for flair and, I swear that if you close your eyes, you can almost hear the waves crashing in the distance.
Divide ginger beer among chilled glasses then add ice cream. Pour rum on top, garnish a pinch of sea salt and crumble wafers on top, then serve.
Food styling and photography by Aida Mollenkamp