What have you been drinking at holiday get-togethers? This year, I'm going with the dark and stormy. It's a mix of ginger beer, rum, and lime; therefore, always made me think of little cocktail umbrellas and resort wear and sand in your toes. But really, ginger and rum are the essence of the holidays. Sure, it's not as HO!! HO!! HO!! (eek) as egg nog or some sort of cranberry juice concoction, but think of it as a more unassuming, cool nod to the season. If you're really angling for a wintery vibe, another variation is to substitute one quarter of an orange or one half of a clementine for the lime. It won't add as much tartness, but the flavors work really well together.
Dark and Stormy
(Makes 1 drink)
2 oz. dark rum
10 oz. ginger beer (I used ginger ale, but a spicy ginger beer like Reed's would be ideal for this)
Fill a tall (drinking glass-sized) glass with ice. Add 2 ounces dark rum and enough ginger beer to fill the glass. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lime into the drink, add the wedge if you'd like. Stir and serve.