The name reminds me of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. "It was a dark and stormy night," opens the novel, giving off that clichéd horror film quality. But it was a reality yesterday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Such is the case for many seemingly sunny days here, which can be all fine and dandy in the mid-70s but by mid-afternoon get annoyingly wet and drippy. Weather.com predicts T-storms all week. Grrrr.
A drink to make up for our damp clothes?
The Bermudan dark rumbased Dark and Stormy, made with ginger beer and lime juice. It kind of tastes like a citrus-spiked gingerbread cookie (in a good way). The rum makes you feel all warm inside, but the lime aftertaste reminds you that gingerbread isn't for a few more months. This one's so easy to swallow, perhaps it could be considered a girly drink? But then again, old Bermudan men down these all the time.
Cocktail: The Dark 'n' Stormy
About This Recipe
- 2 shots rum (Go for Goslings, the classic Bermudan brand, used in this and the island's fish chowder. A 750mL bottle is about $18.)
- 8 ounces ginger beer (I used Reeds brand, and experimented with all flavor permutations--original, premium, and extra ginger. Go with extra ginger.)
Pour two shots of rum over ice. Add the ginger beer. Add the juice of half of the lime. Stir well. If you're really daring, attempt a lime curlicue garnish--slice off the lime's skin in one peel, then roll it up like a cinnamon roll. Cut about a centimeter apart, untwist, and add to drink.