It's Dark and Stormy on U Street
On a warm day, there's nothing like a Dark and Stormy: The Bermudan drink hits all the right notes with its mixture of dark, molasses-y rum and jarringly sweet ginger beer, a soft drink with a kick of ginger.
My favorite summer cocktail has been undergoing a renaissance lately; upscale cocktail bars like Bourbon and the W Hotel's P.O.V. have been crafting their own versions with fresh, housemade ginger. They're delicious, but they often highlight the ginger's sharpness over everything else.
To get the kind of Dark and Stormy you'd sip on the beach in the Caribbean, try the Islander Restaurant on U Street, where chef Addie Green makes her own ginger beer, a drink so popular with regulars that it's sold by the pitcher. It's candy-sweet but balanced nicely by the tangy spice. Ask for a Dark and Stormy, and the bartender retreats to the kitchen and returns with a tall glass of ginger beer. A hearty portion of dark rum is then drizzled on top, creating black-and-tan-style layers; you have to mix the ingredients yourself. The result has a nice tang, especially when brightened with a wedge of lime. But watch out: This refreshing thirst-quencher is potent.
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