Imagine yourself lounging on the sands of your very own island, conjuring up storms to terrorize your enemies, and being waited on hand and foot by a pair of indentured servants. Not a bad gig if you can get it—just ask Prospero from The Tempest. After his brother unseats him as Duke of Milan and sends him off to sea with his toddler daughter, Prospero does some usurping of his own. When he and Miranda land on a remote island, Prospero uses the sadistic abracadabra he’s been studying to enslave the natives, Caliban and Ariel. Now he’s the ruler of a whole kingdom! After a few of these tropical cold ones, you’ll definitely believe in your own superhuman powers. Just don’t try to fly. You might break your magic staff.
Place the ginger disks in a highball glass and muddle to create an ominous cloudy effect. Fill the glass with ice. Pour in the rum and ginger beer, and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge. Feel the power.
Recipe from Shakespeare, Not Stirred: cocktails for your everyday dramas by Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim