Traditionally, Goslings Black Seal Rum is the base spirit in Goslings’ trademark Dark ‘n Stormy, which gets its name from the rum’s ominous, dark color. Charleston-based bartender James Bolt, from The Gin Joint, shows off the rum’s versatility in the Sail Away Seal. Made from a 150-year-old family recipe, Goslings Black Seal Rum gives this nautical-inspired cocktail notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and baking spices. Punched up with lime and warming ginger, the Sail Away Seal is balanced in its trio of cane sugar, citrus, and spice. Simultaneously tart and warming, the cocktail feels as appropriate during a spring patio hangout as it does on a crisp fall evening.

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Serves 1

  • 1½ ounces Goslings Black Seal Rum
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce Ginger Lime Oleo (recipe follows)
  • ½ ounce Angostura bitters 
  • 4 to 5 dashes saline (to preference)
  • Garnish: Kaffir lime leaf

  • For the Ginger Lime Oleo
  • Zest from 12 limes (save limes to juice)
  • ¼ cup peeled and diced ginger
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Make the Ginger Lime Oleo:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine lime zest, diced ginger, salt, and sugar. Mix on low speed for 10 to 12 minutes to release all flavors. Transfer mixture to an airtight container and let sit for 24 hours.
  2. The next day, bring 1½ cups water to a boil in a small pot. Add water to zest mixture and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a separate container. Store in refrigerator.

Make the Sailaway Seal

In a cocktail tin, add all ingredients and top with ice. Shake hard for 10 to 15 seconds and double strain into a chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with a kaffir lime leaf.


  • Recipe By
    James Bolt from The Gin Joint in Charleston
  • Contributing City

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