A Pinch of Summer: Dark ‘n’ Stormy

Dark 'n' Stormy | apinchofthis.nyc

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I love a rainy day. No matter what time of year, the feeling of coziness it evokes is just so lovely. I don’t even mind it during a long weekend at the beach. You can only bake in the sun for so long, ya know?

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That’s why Memorial Day Weekend was so perfect this year. It started out with two days of beautiful beach weather followed by one wet, drizzly day. I rubbed some aloe on my uncomfortably sunburnt back (I seem to never learn), pulled on a summer sweater, and we brought our sandy game of Rummikub inside.

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There are a few guarantees for summer at the beach. You will play (and if you’re like me, you’ll lose) beach bocce, you will ride a bike everywhere, and you’ll drink your fair share of Dark ‘n’ Stormies. We drink them rain or shine, but really, I can’t say I don’t love a Dark’n’Stormy when it is in fact dark and stormy.

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So this Memorial Day, after a leisurely lunch and game of Rummikub, we whipped up a batch of Dark’n’Stormies to round out the first beach weekend of the year. It’s a simple recipe, and not exact. It’s half dark (Gosling’s dark rum), half stormy (ginger beer), garnished with a lime wedge. Pour it over ice, serve it with a bendy straw, and you’re in business. Bonus points if you can magically summon up the rainy day to match.

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