1.21.2013

Monday Bites: Dark 'n' Stormy Cocktail


Man, oh man. Friday was a pretty good day. I had the day off of work. It reached a whopping 62 degrees - which was so pleasant given I've had frost on my car in the morning over the past 2 weeks. I broke out the flip flops people. Serious business. I also happened to be in a supr productive mood. I brought old Bails to the groomers. I treated myself and went to Bouchon for the first time. Did some shopping. Finished a crafty project, had a cocktail in my hand by 2:30PM and was a little tipsy by 3:30PM. Success.


And a new cocktail it was. A Dark 'n' Stormy. I've never had one before, but I love ginger beer and I am trying to grow pallet for booze, so I figured...why not? Plus, its crazy simple to make, so I figured I couldn't screw it up.

Here's some fun facts about this cocktail...

  • It originated in Bermuda and is their National drink
  • The Gosling brothers made their "old rum" specifically for this drink
  • This is one (if not the only) trademarked cocktails out there
  • According to the Booze Whisperer this cocktail was made for a young sailor and the bartender actually forgot to add the rum to the ginger beer. Upon pouring the rum on top of the ginger beer it resembled a storm...hence the name
  • Check out this Huffington Post blog for more...because I really don't want to write all that out. 



Dark 'n' Stormy
Serves 1 in a high ball glass (which I did not have)
2 ounces of dark rum (such as Gosling's Black Seal by trademark)
8 ounces of ginger beer
Juice from 1/4 of a lime

Simply fill your glass with 4-5 ice cubes, squeeze 1/4 of a lime over the ice, add 2 ounces of rum, then top with 8 ounces of ginger beer. To be authentic use Gosling's Black Seal Rum and Barritts Ginger Beer. Neither of which I could find. Both my ingredients happen to be from Jamaica - not Bermuda. Shameful I guess, but it was still good.


Cheers to (hopefully) warmer weather ahead of us!

Erica

7 comments:

  1. Ah! What a great day! I wish I was there to get 330pm boozy with you! Brandon loves himself a Dark and Stormy, so I'm going to tell him about your recipe. I love ginger beer but have a significant distrust of rum due to a bad previous experience. I like to put honey whiskey in my ginger beer instead!

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  2. Ohhh honey whiskey! I need to add that to my boozy bucket list :)

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  3. I prefer a Moscow Mule if choosing a ginger beer cocktail, but the Dark & Stormy is good too and seems sexier. :)

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    1. Julie - I LOVE Moscow Mules! This is merely its fun cousin :) - Erica

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  4. Yes, I'm a fan of the dark & stormy too. Not just a summer drink, either. I think the warm ginger flavors make it a fit for colder times of year, too! :)
    -Sarah @ Two Tarts

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    1. Sarah, I totally agree, that spiciness kinda warms your insides doesn't it?!

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  5. I've never had this before, but I'm a little bit obsessed with ginger beer so I already know I'll like it. :)

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