Whether you're catching some rays at a beach-side getaway, or enjoying a relaxing "staycation" at home, nothing beats the August heat like a tall, cool Dark and Stormy.
And, best of all, the national drink of Bermuda is almost as easy to make as it is to sip.
A simple highball-style cocktail, the Dark and Stormy is made with one part dark rum to four parts ginger beer. The smooth, rich warmth of the rum pairs beautifully with the spicy-sweet snap of the ginger beer, and everything takes on a refreshing chill when topped up with ice.
If you want a truly authentic taste, use Gosling's Black Seal rum and Barritts ginger beer. Both brands are local to Bermuda and purists swear by them. (In fact, many will say that a drink made any other way is not a Dark and Stormy.) But authentic or not, any good-quality dark rum and any spicy, zippy ginger beer will make for a very tasty drink.
Dark and Stormy makes one cocktail
2 ounces dark rum 8 ounces ginger beer
Combine rum and ginger beer in a highball glass and stir gently. Add ice cubes and garnish with a lime wedge.
Have you ever made Dark and Stormies? Which dark rum or ginger beer brands are your favorites? Let us know!