Drink Recipe:: Dark and Stormy

by Negronis Greg

Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite drinks, the Dark and Stormy. This classic cocktail is the perfect blend of spicy and sweet, and it's sure to warm you up on a chilly evening. So let's dive into the history, ingredients, and recipe of this delicious drink, as well as where to find the best ones out there!

The Dark and Stormy has its roots in Bermuda, where the local Gosling family had been distilling rum since 1806. The cocktail's creation is often attributed to a sailor who mixed Gosling's Black Seal rum with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime to create a refreshing, spicy drink. The name "Dark and Stormy" comes from the drink's appearance, with the dark rum floating on top of the cloudy ginger beer, reminiscent of a stormy sky.

So, what are the ingredients of a Dark and Stormy? You'll need:

  • 2 oz Gosling's Black Seal rum
  • 4-6 oz ginger beer (depending on your taste)
  • Half a lime

To make the cocktail, fill a tall glass with ice and pour in the rum. Top it off with ginger beer and squeeze in the lime juice. Give it a quick stir and you're ready to go!

As for the best places to find a Dark and Stormy, it's hard to go wrong with a bar that specializes in rum cocktails. One of my personal favorites is Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, which has an impressive selection of rums and a menu full of creative rum cocktails, including a delicious Dark and Stormy. Another great option is The Dead Rabbit in New York City, which has won numerous awards for its cocktails, including the Dark and Stormy.

In terms of pairings, the Dark and Stormy is a great choice with spicy or savory dishes, as the ginger and lime complement these flavors perfectly. I also love to enjoy one as a refreshing drink on a warm summer day.

Overall, the Dark and Stormy is a classic cocktail that's easy to make and always hits the spot. Whether you're enjoying one on a boat in Bermuda or at a cozy bar in San Francisco, it's sure to become one of your favorites too!

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