I just decided to add the recipe for Dark & Stormys. I had forgotten how much I love rum until my recent trip to the Caribbean. I've been trying to extend the tropical vibe as long as I can which has not been difficult with the amazing weather in LA lately. Beach BBQs, coconut banana bread and rum galore!
I spent a fair amount of time in Antigua and the surrounding islands in 2008 for family trips, getting certified for diving, and a few sailing regattas (we won Classics Week that year!) While I was there I developed a serious love for the rum punch at Shirley Heights. The steel drum band, ancient fortress, and unforgettable sunsets were great too, but I mean, this PUNCH! They have vowed to never reveal the recipe, so instead of trying to half-ass my own, here's another great and simple rum drink.
DARK AND STORMY
2 oz dark rum (I like Mount Gay and Ron Abuelo)
10 oz ginger beer (My favorite is Reed's Ginger Brew)
Fill a tall glass with ice. Squeeze 1/4 of the lime onto the ice and leave wedge in glass. Pour rum over the ice, then add ginger beer. Stir slightly and garnish with the second 1/4 lime.