April Showers Call for a Dark 'n' Stormy Cocktail!
When thinking about spring, everyone reverts to budding tulips and the green. Still, before we get to green, there's this bit about April showers. It's those cold, wet April days where the world seems to drip, drip, drop until the cold starts to permeate down to your core. These aren't the summer rain showers that offer a cooling to the intense heat of the summer sun. No, these showers buffer the gap between grey winter days and the sunshine we are craving.
With all the stormy weather going on throughout the country it calls for a mood-lifting cocktail to celebrate the sunshine that is surely just around the next rain cloud. (If you live in California or Arizona, this does not apply to you. I've seen your weather this year, and it looks glorious.)
My first dark 'n' stormy was not had on the beaches of Bermuda where this drink finds it origins, but along the shores of sunny San Francisco in a dark bar across from City Lights Books. I believe San Francisco was not so sunny that day, and we were hiding out from the rain then, too, wishing for some Bermuda-like weather to fall from the skies.
A good dark 'n' stormy starts with Goslings Black Rum. Other dark rums work, too, but Goslings Black has a certain full bodied flavor that lends itself well to this drink, mellowing a hoppy ginger beer. Topped with a squirt of fresh lime juice, this drink is just what the weather seems to be calling for these days.
Note: While a true dark 'n' stormy is made with a good ginger beer, I have a penchant for making mine with a spicy ginger ale. Not the stuff on the grocery store shelves, no. I'm looking for something with a kick, and so a craft soda from Goose Island, a local brewer who offers them in growlers filled while you wait, or making my own ginger ale sometimes stands in to make a slightly lighter, springier version of this cocktail.
Dark 'n' Stormy
10 ounces ginger beer or spicy ginger ale
2 ounces dark rum
Fill a glass with ice. Pour the ginger beer over the ice, followed by the rum. Squeeze the lime over the top and then drop into the glass. Garnish with additional limes, if desired. Stir and enjoy.
Makes 1 cocktail.