Dark N' Winter Stormy

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Author Notes: Super-strong ginger tea has long been a favorite cold remedy in our house. I can’t believe spiking it didn’t occur to me earlier because doesn't it just cry out for rum? I imagined a dark n' stormy for the winter months, with my tea potion in place of ginger beer. My husband gamely served as the guinea pig as I whipped up three batches to get the proportions right. I used some snazzy Venezuelan rum because that’s what was in the liquor cabinet but Goslings black rum is the classic. - MidgeMidge

Food52 Review: It's ginger tea gone wild -- and stormy! This is a bracing toddy that will clear out your sinuses; it's less of a soother than it is a wake-up call. In fact, it would make for a good mid-morning pick-me-up, if one believed in such things.Merrill Stubbs

Serves 2

Make the ginger tea

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 X 1 -inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  1. Pour water into a small saucepan and add cloves. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and add grated ginger and honey. Let steep for about five minutes. Strain and discard the solids.

Prepare two small mugs

  • 2 ounces Goslings black rum or favorite dark rum
  • 2 lime wedges
  • fresh nutmeg, grated
  1. Pour 1 ounce/jigger of rum and 1/2 cup of hot ginger tea into each mug. Squeeze lime wedge over each drink and dust with nutmeg. Repeat or save the other cup of tea in the fridge for tomorrow.

Tags: ginger, warm, winter

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about 4 years ago Minnesotapix

I am a big Dark 'n Stormy fan. I always have a bottle of Goslings handy (nectar of the gods). But I'm curious - was that Venezuelan rum by chance Colonial? That is the finest rum I've ever had, but, of course I can't get it in the United States. I will try this recipe. Thx


about 4 years ago Midge

I used Pampero Aniversario rum, which seems readily available these days. I'd love to try Colonial if I ever get to Venezuela!


about 4 years ago checker

My father looooves a Dark 'N Stormy. I might have to make this for him next time I am home.


about 4 years ago Midge

They are tasty! Would love to hear how he likes it.


about 4 years ago Jennifer Ann

This exactly what I need for this lousy cold - thanks!


about 4 years ago Midge

I usually make a big batch of this (with a cinnamon stick and no rum) when I have a cold and sip it all day. Not sure if it really cures you but its super-soothing. Hope you're better by now!


over 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

I can't wait to try this!! I love a dark and stormy, and this sounds even better!


about 4 years ago Midge

Thanks! I love them too.


over 4 years ago robinbeth

This gets my salty sailor endorsement. Fantastic idea to make a hot dark and stormy. So delicious!


over 4 years ago Midge

Thanks! Its good for salty sailors in colder climes...


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats & bottoms up, Midge!


over 4 years ago Midge

Thanks hardlikearmour! Congrats to you too and happy new year!


over 4 years ago lapadia

Congrats on your EP! Happy New Year!


over 4 years ago Midge

Thanks lapadia! Happy new year!


over 4 years ago Midge

Thanks so much everyone!


over 4 years ago gingerroot

This sounds delicious!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Really great flavors. And warming.


over 4 years ago adashofbitters

I wholeheartedly approve of this concept.


over 4 years ago thirschfeld

Looks wonderful.


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

This sounds great Midge!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Love your photo and recipe!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This is right up my alley!