Whether it’s a refreshing Mexican michelada (spicy beer cocktail), a home-infused sloe gin or a brawny Canadian Caribou, travel authority Lonely Planet has scoured the globe for the best and most interesting drinks on offer.
The World’s Best Drinks – where to find them & how to make them is divided into sections defined by key ingredients such as gin, vodka, rum, whisky and tequila, and features more than 60 recipes, their origins, tasting notes and colourful images.
Classics like Martini sit alongside the Tongba – “a Himalayan millet beer quite possibly known only to trekkers who will associate it with the smell of a yak-dung fire”.
And it’s not just about alcoholic drinks, the non-alcoholic drinks recipes are just as captivating including Horchata (a rice milk drink from Mexico), East African cardamom tea and the fiery-sweet Root Beer Float from the USA.
Here Lonely Planet has shared a recipe from The World’s Best Drinks for the rum based ginger cocktail that is the national drink of Bermuda.
Dark and Stormy
Sailors have always loved dark rum, and in the 1800s the British Royal Navy even included 2 oz of the stuff as part of standard daily rations. So when the Royal Navy’s dockyard on Ireland Island in Bermuda constructed a ginger beer plant around the turn of the 20th century, it was only a matter of time before the two ingredients ended up in a drink together. When they did, the Dark and Stormy was born.
120–150 ml ginger beer
40–60 ml dark rum
wedge of lime
Pour the ginger beer into an ice-filled glass. Follow with dark rum. Garnish your Dark and Stormy with a wedge of lime.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Dark and Stormy is the national drink of Bermuda – it crushes thirst, puts smiles on faces and slows the pace of life to a pedestrian affair. Thankfully it has a similar effect wherever it is enjoyed, and whatever the weather (though Bermuda shorts are never mandatory).
How much bite your tipple has is up to you, with a wide range of sweetness and spice available in the various brands of ginger beer and dark rum. Just never, ever, make the mistake of trying to mix one with ginger ale, the anaemic distant cousin (thrice removed) of the beer variety.
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