Who knew Bermuda had its own national cocktail? Its name, Dark and Stormy, implies the weather due east of Georgia can leave a lot to be desired, which is probably why the locals are hunkering down and tipping back a drink light on the ginger beer but heavy on the rum.
To even things up in the beer’s favour I poured in some more beer, mostly because I just really love tasting the ginger in this drink and Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, an alcoholic version out of the U.K., is so good I could almost do without the rum. I could also almost do without the lime (as could most “Bermudians,” according to Esquire), so I cut down its amount. The result: a spicy, rummy drink that tastes great no matter the weather.
Dark and Stormy
- 2 oz dark rum (I used Appleton Estate Reserve)
- 3 oz ginger beer (I upped the amount to 4 oz so its taste wouldn’t be overpowered by the rum)
- 1/2 oz lime juice, or to taste (I used 1/4 oz)
Build the drink in a Collins glass filled with ice cubes. Stir and serve.