Dark N' Winter Stormy

December 18, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 2
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. - Midge —Midge

Test Kitchen Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • Make the ginger tea
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 x 1 -inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • Prepare two small mugs
  • 2 ounces Goslings black rum or favorite dark rum
  • 2 lime wedges
  • fresh nutmeg, grated
  1. Make the ginger tea
  2. 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.
  1. Prepare two small mugs
  2. 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.

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Recipe by: Midge

I’m a journalist who’s covered everything from illegal logging in Central America to merit pay for teachers, but these days I write mostly about travel. I’ve been lucky enough to find myself in some far-flung locales, where poking around markets and grocery stores is my favorite thing to do. Cooking, especially baking, is my way of winding down after a long day; there’s nothing like kneading bread dough to bring you back to earth.

22 Reviews

Minnesotapix March 14, 2011
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
Midge March 15, 2011
I used Pampero Aniversario rum, which seems readily available these days. I'd love to try Colonial if I ever get to Venezuela!
checker March 11, 2011
My father looooves a Dark 'N Stormy. I might have to make this for him next time I am home.
Midge March 15, 2011
They are tasty! Would love to hear how he likes it.
Jennifer A. January 27, 2011
This exactly what I need for this lousy cold - thanks!
Midge February 3, 2011
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!
ashleychasesdinner January 12, 2011
I can't wait to try this!! I love a dark and stormy, and this sounds even better!
Midge February 3, 2011
Thanks! I love them too.
robinbeth January 9, 2011
This gets my salty sailor endorsement. Fantastic idea to make a hot dark and stormy. So delicious!
Midge January 10, 2011
Thanks! Its good for salty sailors in colder climes...
hardlikearmour December 31, 2010
Congrats & bottoms up, Midge!
Midge January 1, 2011
Thanks hardlikearmour! Congrats to you too and happy new year!
lapadia December 30, 2010
Congrats on your EP! Happy New Year!
Midge January 1, 2011
Thanks lapadia! Happy new year!
Midge December 20, 2010
Thanks so much everyone!
gingerroot December 18, 2010
This sounds delicious!
drbabs December 18, 2010
Really great flavors. And warming.
adashofbitters December 18, 2010
I wholeheartedly approve of this concept.
thirschfeld December 18, 2010
Looks wonderful.
mrslarkin December 18, 2010
This sounds great Midge!
Sagegreen December 18, 2010
Love your photo and recipe!
hardlikearmour December 18, 2010
This is right up my alley!