Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Dark and Stormy

Windjammer enthusiasts take a look here at a first person account in the Orlando Sentinel of four dark and stormy nights aboard the 82-foot schooner Nathaniel Bowditch in early October on Penobscot Bay (off the coast of Maine.) Speaking of Dark & Stormy it's high time for a rum-based winter cocktail party to chase away the winter blues. Who has a favorite Dark & Stormy cocktail recipe to share. Yes, we all know Goslings is the genesis of any good D&S and ginger beer is a key component (but what brand?). I always add a wedge of lime...

6 comments:

hold fast said...

i can't say i'm the last word on the D&S; all i know fer sure is that the barstaff at the JR in West End usually have one on the bar about the same time i get to my stool.
i've enjoyed a few variations, but all are best with Barritt's Ginger Beer, which hails from Bermuda, as does Goslings. Personally, i don't like my D&S too strong, so no more than 30% rum, with a few drops of bitters and a squeeze of lime. Lovely.
About time to trot off to bar, methinks..

Ralph said...

Good link, it's cool for me because I was born in Maine and live in Orlando. I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a quadriplegic photojournalist that does work w/ disabled sailors and athletes.I did an interview with Mike Rowney for my site. He is single hand sailing around Australia for Charity.
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seadated said...

Funny you should mention D&S's. We recently fired up a discussion over in the Seadated Forums about rum drinks. Check it out and leave some recipes behind! I never heard of the bitters before... hmmm...

Jarrett said...

could you use pusser's? man, i got my first decanter of that for myself for xmas and it is so good! And what's better - my brother is abouut to move to tortola to be a chef at soome fancy resort! sweet!

Zephyr said...

you guys are making me thirsty...bitters is a great idea. I've never tried Pussers but I love the stuff.

hold fast said...

i think Pusser's is cheap swill, but then again, i think the same of Lamb's, so perhaps me palate has an antipathy for all "navy style" rums.
At any rate, a Pusser's and ginger beer is NOT a D&S; when the evening is very late, and the Gosling's well has run dry, Meyer's will do in a desperate pinch. As for the bitters, well, there seems to be a little debate amongst bartenders around West End. Still, the version with a couple drops of bitters tastes better to me, and sailors i know to frequent Bermuda swear that bitters is key.