For years our family would spend a week or more on Block Island, a small, historic New England costal town off of Rhode Island. Each summer brought new experiences, but some traditions remained the same each year, and the dozens of Dark and Stormys that we would drink at our rental cottages were a perfect example. Maybe it was because we were on vacation, but the Dark and Stormys we made on Block Island always tasted different than the ones back in NYC. Of course that doesn't stop us from making them now, and this summer we've experimented with a couple different recipes. Despite the variations, the original that we used on Block Island remains the best, and every time we sip on one, we're reminded of evenings spent on a lawn of wild flowers, watching the sun drop into the ocean while listening to boats ebb into the harbor.
Block Island Dark & Stormy
- Juice from 1/4 lime
- 2 1/2 ounces dark rum (Goslings, Plantation Grande Reserve, or Kracken are good options)
- 4-5 ounces ginger beer (Goslings is our favorite. We tried a dozen "organic/artisinal" and they weren't as tasty)
- 3-4 Ice cubs
Fill a tall glass with the ice and then squeeze in lime juice and drop the lime wedge in after. Add the rum and give a couple stirs. Top with ginger beer. Couldn't be simpler, couldn't be more delicious. (Except if accompanied by a lobster roll and chips.)