It was a Dark and Stormy night…. well not really but I always wanted to start a post like that. It is actually really sunny and bright out right now but I know this time of year the weather is much different for most of you so I thought I would share a new-to-me favorite cocktail!
I was introduced to the Dark and Stormy by my sister and brother in law when I was visiting them in DC last year. They are really creative and trendy with their cocktails and are usually the ones to turn me on to a drink that I would have otherwise not ordered off a menu. So Andy my brother in law, aka the house bartender, mixed up some drinks for my sister and I and it was all down hill from there…
The official recipe calls for Gosling’s Black Rum and Gosling’s Ginger beer (official recipe here) and the story behind the drink is a fun read if you have time. Those ingredients are hard to come by here in Puerto Rico, so after spending the better part of the year trying to find ginger beer here in PR, I settled for Reed’s Ginger Ale. Reed’s is much spicier than regular ginger ale but it does not have the same “bite” as ginger beer. In a pinch, it will do.
If you want to make it “authentic” according to the original recipe, please use Gosling’s, but here is what I use to make our own little version in Puerto Rico:
2 oz Bacardi Select Dark Rum
4 oz Reed’s Ginger Ale
1 Lime slice
Fill your glass with ice. I am using a 12 oz “old fashion” glass in the pictures. Add 2 oz of dark rum.
Top the glass off with ginger beer (approximately 4oz)
Garnish with a slice of lime.
Note: Since the name “Dark ‘n Stormy” is a registered trade mark of Gosling’s I have chosen to call the drink Dark and Stormy. Yes, I know the real name of the drink and yes, I used the word “and” on purpose 😉