Dark & Stormy

May 12th, 2008  |  Published in mixers, MxMo, recipes, rum  |  10 Comments

Mixology Monday returns, complete with a fancy new logo! Hosted by Blair over at Trader Tiki, this month’s theme is the demon rum. Be sure to check his site for a complete roundup of this month’s cane-liquor delights.

But now, on to the booze! I realized not too long ago that, despite my frighteningly in-depth coverage of ginger beer, I’ve never written up the Dark & Stormy. Oh, the horror!

I absolutely fell in love with this drink one summer at the Tiki-Ti—it hardly seems worth it to order such a simple highball from a bar where you can get an absolutely sublime Navy Grog or Zombie, but I was on a mission to try everything on the menu. (Given that there are about 80 drinks on there, I’m still working on it.)

The Dark & Stormy is a simple recipe, a cousin of the Moscow Mule and the Mamie Taylor: base spirit, lime juice, ginger beer. It’s also similar to the buck, which uses lemon instead of lime but follows the same formula.

Having recently picked up a bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal and, fortuitously, having some dark (though not stormy) weather happening of late, I set about tinkering with recipes. After working with a few different proportions, I’ve settled on Jeff Morgenthaler’s. It offers the best flavor and balance—though the recipe doesn’t include lime juice, I included a healthy squeeze of lime in mine for some tartness.

2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal rum
5 oz ginger beer
quarter of one lime

Squeeze the lime wedge over ice in a chimney glass. Build the rum and ginger beer, and stir to combine. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Ginger beer really is the perfect mixer for spring, cool and refreshing with excellent warming properties for sudden squalls and cloudy days. You’ll notice a new ginger beer in the photo which, though excellent on its own, was no match for Bundaberg in this drink.

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  1. Dood says:

    May 12th, 2008at 1:29 pm(#)

    You know, I came REALLY close to going with the D&S for my submission this month, but somehow I just had a feeling that I’d come here and find Marleigh had done the same…

    I’m a big fan of the various rum & gingers…I do like to add just a dash of Angostura’s bitters…

  2. MxMo Rum Wrap-up | Trader Tiki's Booze Blog says:

    May 12th, 2008at 11:15 pm(#)

    [...] pops open a new bottle of Ginger Beer for the classic highball and perfect anytime drink, the Dark and Stormy. Perhaps not a surprising entry, considering the copious quantities of Ginger Beer Marleigh [...]

  3. Marleigh says:

    May 13th, 2008at 7:50 am(#)

    I guess I have made something of a thing out of the ginger beer, huh?

    Angostura, you say? That seems like a grand idea…

  4. FallsChurch2 says:

    May 13th, 2008at 8:31 am(#)

    Is ginger beer the same as ginger ale?

  5. Marleigh says:

    May 13th, 2008at 3:50 pm(#)

    Ginger beer and ginger ale are similar, but not the same. Ginger ale is much sweeter and more like a soda while ginger beer, though sweetened, has a much more pronounced and spicy ginger flavor.

    You can find ginger beer at big liquor stores like BevMo, or if you’re in a pinch you can add fresh ginger or ginger oil to ginger ale—or just make your own.

  6. Dr. Bamboo says:

    May 14th, 2008at 9:19 am(#)

    I forgot you live within staggering distance of the Tiki Ti.

    Curse you, Riggins! *shakes fist*

  7. Scott says:

    May 14th, 2008at 9:29 pm(#)

    I tried all the liquor stores you suggested except for Beverage Warehouse (just haven’t had the time to drive out that way yet) and I just have to say thanks. I think I’ll be doing most of my shopping at Hi-Time from now one. Maybe next you can the me some good watering holes close to us as well. :)

  8. Scott says:

    May 14th, 2008at 9:32 pm(#)

    Umm, that was supposed to be tell me some good watering holes..

  9. Marleigh says:

    May 15th, 2008at 8:58 am(#)

    C,

    Oh, and stagger I do when I leave the Ti…

    Scott,

    You’re welcome! Well, good bars depends a lot on location. I tend to do most of my drinking at home, but here’s where I like to drink when I’m out and about:

    Tiki-Ti, on Sunset in Los Feliz/Silverlake
    They open at 6, Wednesday through Saturday. Go early to get a seat. Ray’s Mistakes are half price on Wednesdays—otherwise, pretty much everything on the menu is outstanding.

    Seven Grand, Seventh and Grand, downtown
    Every kind of whiskey you can imagine and then some. The bartenders are great, the drinks are fantastic. It gets too crowded for comfort around 10pm.

    Taix, on Sunset in Echo Park
    Go during the day or on a weekend because Fernando will be working. He’s been tending bar longer than I’ve been alive and hasn’t lost his touch.

    Pure Luck, Heliotrope and Melrose, near LACC
    Lucky Baldwin’s, on Raymond in Pasadena
    When I want a beer, these are my go-to watering holes. Pure Luck has lots of great beer from smaller breweries (often local, as well), and Lucky Baldwin’s has my beloved Belgians in spades.

    Places I don’t necessarily go regularly, but have had excellent drinks there:
    Osteria Mozza, Comme Ça, Lucques

    Hit-and-Miss:
    Mixville Bar/Edendale Grill, Malo (though I hear they have a new cocktail list, so it should be much better now), Mandrake

  10. RumDrinks says:

    November 9th, 2009at 4:54 pm(#)

    Coming from Australia, I’ve been drinking Bundaburg ginger beer since I can remember, used to be a great refresher after a hard days work in the shearing shed! I’m interested to try this recipe and see how it goes with the rum, some things just need to be tried immediately!!


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