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Drink of the Week: Dark and Stormy

There's a good reason I am not referring to the Drink of the Week as a "Dark 'n Stormy®"—I'm using "and" in my drink name because because the "n" version is a registered trademark owned by Gosling's Brothers Limited, makers of Gosling's Black Seal Rum. Gosling's is made in Bermuda where this is their official drink, but it's actually popular throughout the British Commonwealth.

It's certainly not a complicated drink by any stretch. The official version requires that you add 1.5 ounces of Gosling's Black Seal rum to a tall glass of ice and top with their brand of ginger beer. Of course, there's nothing wrong with doing that. Nothing wrong at all. In fact, this official recipe is both simple and delicious. Even if you can't get your hands on Gosling's brand of ginger beer, Reed's is always available at Trader Joe's, and I expect others would work just as well, but you want good ginger beer, not ginger ale.

While we are on the subject of substitutions, it's important to mention that this drink does require very dark rum. Gosling's is fine, but you could also use Cruzan Black Strap which has an incredibly rich flavor. Now, if you are a regular reader of Summit Sips, you know that I like to use homemade stuff, and this is the perfect opportunity to pull out that bottle of ginger syrup. With the right combination of individual ingredients, you don't need ginger beer at all—you can make it as you mix the drink. This version is based on a recipe from Toby Maloney.

Dark and Stormy
1.5 oz amber rum
.75 oz ginger syrup
.75 lime juice
2 oz soda water
.5 oz black strap rum

Add the amber rum, ginger syrup and fresh lime juice to a mixing glass. Fill with ice and shake to chill. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass, top with soda water and float .5 ounce of dark rum such as Cruzan Black Strap or Gosling's Black Seal.

A lot of rum enthusiasts probably wish I would say what kind of amber rum you should use for this drink, but I don't really consider myself a rum expert. I know Toby uses Matusalem at the The Violet Hour, but I also like Flor de Caña. I even tried making the one in the picture using Appleton with the Kraken for my dark rum float. That float is the key to the great flavor of this drink. Rich, dark black strap rum against the sharp burn of good ginger beer is what you are going for. Here's an idea: Why not try whatever rum you have and you can tell me in the comments what you think works best!

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