Read a Book, Sip a Cocktail No. 9

Friday, September 2, 2011

Photo from Goodreads.com
For this month's pairing I chose Rebecca (a book I reviewed last year) by Daphne Du Maurier.  I'm going with another classic drink, the Dark and Stormy, mainly because that is exactly what this novel evokes.  A dark and stormy night at the Manderley estate, with flashes of lightning dancing on the surface of Rebecca de Winter's portrait and old Mrs. Danvers creeping along a dark corridor, silently and ominously.  Creepy.  I'm keeping this drink as is, with no variations on ingredients.  Now, the type of ginger beer you use will probably affect the taste, but the point of these cocktails and book pairings is to have fun, so I'm not sweating the small stuff.  I used Buderim Ginger beer from Australia and Myers's Jamaican rum.  With the addition of the fresh lime this drink is definitely refreshing.  The ginger gives it a great spicy bite and the rum is both smooth and strong.  Use lots of ice and you don't have to stir it up (like Bob Marley would say, pun intended), you can just drink it after you layer all of the ingredients.  I'd say this is the perfect drink to enjoy while the summer is winding down and we start thinking about Fall.

Dark and Stormy
2 oz. Dark rum*
4 oz. Ginger beer
Lime wedge
How to:  In a highball glass filled with lots of ice, pour the dark rum and then the ginger beer.  Finish by squeezing the lime wedge over the drink, then dropping it in. *To make a "real" Dark and Stormy you should only be using Gosling's Black Seal Rum because they own the registered trademark of the 'Dark 'n' Stormy' name, but you can substitute with Jamaican rum, such as Myers's Rum, which is a lot easier to find (unless you go to Bevmo, which I've mentioned before is the best store in the world for us cocktail aficionados, and they also have a great selection of ginger beer).  


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