Monday, December 22, 2008

a dark and stormy holiday night

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)
1/2 lime

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.


Paulita said...

I really should branch out from my tried and true drinks. This is tempting

Vanessa said...

For those of us on holiday vacations, this is a delicious option for a drink to take into the pool. If you are lucky enough to be staying somewhere with a fridge with an ice crusher, all the better.

Lisa said...

Damn you and your pool and your ice crusher! It's 21 degrees in New York!

Ahem. I mean, Happy Hanukkah.

Anonymous said...

If you want to make the traditional dark and stormy try and find Goslings Black Seal Rum 140proof or lower.

Daniel said...

Vanessa's actually on vacation in Alaska, but she just can't say no to that hotel pool!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the tip, CWIII!

Ian said...

Second the Goslings, also try and muddle a little bit of fresh ginger before starting the drink. It'll add a whole 'nother dimension. Promise!

Lisa said...

awesome tip, reading. I am definitely going to upgrade this drink the next time I make it.

Anonymous said...

I really love this drink and was introduced to it earlier this year. Some folks say you should only make it with Barrit's ginger brew, which is from Bermuda and not as tart as a more common American Ginger Brew such as Reed's.

Also, the Dark N' Stormy was Hemingway's favorite drink!

Lisa said...

Hi Lazlo--
I've never heard of that ginger beer. Interesting. Thanks for reading!


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