Am I the last person in the western hemisphere to see Game of Thrones? That would be typical. I still haven’t seen Lost or Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t know how I got hooked on GoT (see how au courant I am, casually throwing its acronym into a sentence) but it’s become a guilty pleasure, sandwiched between my other guilty pleasures – Gilmore Girls and New Girl – and entertainment more appropriate to my dowager age, like Inspector Lewis, Broadchurch and other BBC productions. Have you seen Inspector Lewis? I have to take actual notes as I watch in order to keep the huge cast straight. And that’s when I’m not drinking. I probably can’t mix alcohol and the BBC. I wouldn’t be able to keep up.
But Games of Thrones calls for a drink. It’s a blend of
sex and dragons political intrigue and historical fiction. While I rarely have mead on hand, I like to stock up on rum, ginger beer and limes so I can make that classic, the Dark and Stormy. This time I didn’t have any limes, but I had some outstanding Meyer lemons. And because Meyer lemons are so sweet and delicious, why not use a whole half lemon in a drink?
So, that became my first variation on the Dark and Stormy. It involved half a Meyer lemon, Gosling’s Bermuda Black Rum (the ‘dark’), and Jamaican-style ginger beer (the ‘stormy’).
Then, on Boxing Day we headed to Calgary where I bought spiced rum and milder ginger beer. Oh, this version was a big hit. My daughter-in-law, Jennifer, pronounced it ‘favourite new drink’.
So, in honour of Jennifer, guilty pleasures, the bleak mid-winter, and the original Dark and Stormy…I give you…the Stark and Stormy.
Winter is coming. In fact, it’s here. Drink up. We’ll get through this together.
- 2 ounces spiced rum (I like Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum)
- Juice of one half Meyer lemon
- Ginger beer
- Squeeze half a Meyer lemon into a tall glass and fish out any seeds that drop in.
- Add one or two ounces of spiced rum - or three, if the Lannisters have been especially conniving.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Top with ginger beer.