You see in today’s food and drink posts that my foodie experiences in London the past few years have left an indelible mark on my palate. A few years ago, I took the chance of eating at Polpo, a restaurant that was new at the time, specializing in Venetian cichetti, or “small bites” (Don’t ask me why I allow my friends to drag me to Italian restaurants when I am not in Italy!). While I waited for what I did not know would be three hours to be seated, I tried out a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, a drink I’d never heard of (seeing as how I rarely drink)! The drink knocked my socks off, literally and figuratively, and I have been chasing the perfect Dark ‘n’ Stormy ever since. Many have come close, but none have equaled the one I was served at Polpo. Fast forward to today and whenever I look at a cocktail menu, if I don’t find a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, I try out anything that has rum, ginger beer and lime in it! –Kristina
About Kristina: I am the food and drinks editor at Design*Sponge. Behind the Bar appears the first Friday of each month, and In the Kitchen With appears every Friday. Photographing drinks and food definitely has perks. Each column I produce is an exciting opportunity to explore flavors I wouldn’t necessarily try on my own, and I’ve loved just about everything we’ve featured here. My food and travel portfolio can be found here, and in the most recent issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller annual Italy issue. If you are looking for more great cocktail recipes, have a look through our archives, including the Bloody Gary by Tom Ross, Bars Manager of the Polpo restaurant group.
See my secret to boosting flavor in the Dark ‘n’ Stormy after the jump!
A little bit of internet research tells me that the Dark ‘n’ Stormy is a “creation” of the Gosling’s Rum company. It is a simple cocktail which uses dark rum and ginger beer. Somewhere along the way, lime juice was added into what you often find on menus today. I used J. Bally rum for this recipe, but you can experiment with any rum, preferably dark, until you find the right combination. I found that our usual Angostura rum was too sweet.
Dark ‘n’ Stormy
- 240ml (4 ounces) ginger beer
- 80ml (2.75 ounces) dark rum
- 2 limes, one for juice, one for garnish
For each glass, fill with ice, the classic shape is the highball. Pour in the ginger beer until the glass is 2/3 full. Add the juice of half a lime, or approximately one tablespoon. Top off with rum. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Why I love this drink
I think it’s the ginger and the lime. I love ginger beer, the spicier the better, and I love to taste the ginger in this drink. When I am unable to buy my favorite ginger beer to make this with, I add a teaspoon of ginger syrup to spice it up. For me, the best Dark ‘n’ Stormy is not overwhelmed with rum, the rum sneaks up on you.