Because my radio show happens Thursday late afternoons, I frequently seem to be competing with heavy downpours and thunderstorms for my audience's attention during the summer. The Hudson River Valley gets legendary t-storms; our topography makes thunder here sound like it does nowhere else. Or to put it another way, I really believed my grandfather all those years ago when he told me not to be scared, that it was just the elves bowling. Our thunder rooooolllss, seeps in through studio walls, infiltrates the mic. Like it's probably going to today.
In fact, the other t-word, tornado (bah! GO AWAY, Tornado!) has been mentioned by a few weatherfolk in conjunction with this afternoon whilst yours truly will be hosting her show.
So yeah, we've got to think (again) about Dark And Stormies. A highball that comes to us from the cocktail-loving yachting community (now THAT'S swanky), it's easily made, tasty, and not uber-potent. In short, a Dark And Stormy is not a bad thing even for a land-lubber pleased to have gotten home from her radio show without being pelted too hard with hail.
Two things, though: you HAVE to use Gosling's Rum. It is the DARK in Dark and Stormy. Myer's works in a pinch, but there's something charcoal-y about Goslings that makes this drink. And you need decent ginger beer. Ginger ale won't cut it. Purists say to use Barritt's, although Fever Tree has its fans. Regatta brand is also good. All three, by the way, can be got through Amazon if your local gourmet store or mega mart has let you down. Tonight, we're trying out Gosling's own ginger beer, which we've heard some buzz about.
A further note: those of us who try to avoid sugar can buy diet Gosling's or Regatta ginger beer. Can't speak to the Gosling's, but the Regatta diet brew is not bad. Once you've put the black rum and a squeeze of lime in it, you won't taste the fake sugar, really.
The Dark And Stormy
2 oz of Gosling's Dark Rum
a lime wedge
good ginger beer to taste
Build in a highball glass over ice cubes, squeezing the lime wedge in last and giving it a stir with a swizzle stick. I usually toss the squeezed lime wedge into the drink, although some purists say this is revisionist. I've also seen recipes that call for shaking the rum with some fresh lime juice over ice before building the drink, but I find that a little fussy.
Cheers! See you on the air at four--and let's hope no one gets a ride to Oz on a tornado!