Cocktail Hour: Dark And Stormy


I simply refuse to recognize that Christmas is just around the corner, so if you are looking for gift ideas, how to pack your gifts and Christmas decorations, well you just have to wait. Instead forget the cold and just be happy it’s Friday.

Let’s make it somewhat simple today. The key nailing a Dark and Stormy is the precise ratio between the spice of the ginger beer and the richness of the rum. Depending on brands of each used, you may want to play around with the proportions. Also my theory is the better the rum, the better the drink. I splurged a bit and used a nice bottle of the new premium Angostura 1787 15YO rum. Bermuda and Trinida & Tobago are somewhat close I guess. No true Bermudian would put lime juice in his D & S, but for some reason that seems to be common when you order it at any bar these days. Well frankly, I actually prefer it with the lime—but then again, I am not Bermudian, now, am I? In fact, believe or not, I am haven’t even been to the “still-vexed Bermoothes,” as Shakespeare calls ’em.


Dark And Stormy
Makes 1


½ -1 oz lime juice
3 oz ginger beer
2 oz dark rum

Combine the rum (originally made on Bermuda’s own Gosling’s Black Seal, but as long as you stick to high quality dark and funky it will work) the ginger beer (if possible, go for a Barritt’s, it’s from Bermuda, just make it so much more real – one more thing, it need to be ginger beer and NOT ginger ale) and the lime juice, which is optional, in a tall glass full of ice cubes. Stir. Pour. Drink.



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