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Flanka & Ting

More uncomplicated cocktails with Grenadian rum and Jamaican soda.  You’re going to love this one.

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Several years ago I wrote a post about my favorite two ingredient cocktail, Rum & Ginger.  I knew when I hit ‘publish’ that I was opening myself up to loads of criticism for calling such a simple drink a “cocktail.”  Like clockwork, one of my favorite snobby booze bloggers chimed in explaining that Rum & Ginger was just too “elementary” to be a worthwhile cocktail.

A day or two after the first critical email, another arrived.  In this one, the same blogger proceeded to explain how I could improve on the standard Rum & Ginger.  He listed four additional ingredients including a second rum and an obscure variety of bitters.  I thanked him and promptly deleted his recipe.  I like my version, thank you very much.  Rum. Ice. Ginger Ale.  Stir.  Drink.  Repeat.  The version that people have been enjoying on beaches and in bars throughout the islands for years.  Honestly, why ruin a good thing by complicating it.  Sometimes the easy way is the best way.

So, with that in mind and in honor of the great rum being produced here in Grenada, I present another worthy two ingredient drink, Flanka & Ting.  Like Rum & Ginger, there’s nothing new about this concoction.  It’s time tested, simple and delicious.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

Flanka (aka Clark’s Court Special Dark) – widely available in the southern Caribbean but you’ll need to really search for it elsewhere.  It’s full of flavor and is great for mixing drinks or on the rocks.

Ting – a popular grapefruit soda from Jamaica that is distributed to many parts of the States and Europe as well as throughout the Caribbean.

Method

In a warm location (preferably on a beach) fill a tall, clean glass with ice.  Add equal parts Flanka and Ting (approximately 2.5oz of each).  Stir with whatever is available.  Take a sip.  Adjust to taste.  Sit back, relax and enjoy.  Repeat often.