Bermuda Day's coming up - celebrate with the official drink, a Dark 'n Stormy Rum cocktail!
The Islands of Bermuda welcome summer with the Bermuda Day public holiday, on the 25th May this year.
Bermuda Day is traditionally the first day of the year that locals swim in the sea or go out in boats, and it's also the first day Bermuda shorts are worn to work - nowadays they're often worn all year.
Celebrations include a carnival parade in the capital city of Hamilton, and a half-marathon with the finishing line in Hamilton. They also include vast quantities of the national drink, the Dark 'n Stormy. Did you know these can only be made with Gosling's Bermuda Black Rum? In the US, the name of the drink is actually a trademark of Gosling Brothers Ltd, who produce the Black Seal Rum and Stormy Ginger Beer in Bermuda.
Dark 'n Stormy cocktails are so easy to make, here's a video of Malcolm Gosling Jr (CEO) making one blindfolded:
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, then fill 3/4 of the glass with Ginger Beer - preferably Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer, natch - top up gently with Gosling's Black Seal Rum (add a touch of the overproof one for an extra kick) to create a dark cloud of Rum at the top, and garnish with fresh lime.
The Story of Dark 'N Stormys
According to Malcolm, it was a "dark and stormy day” when the Dark 'n Stormy was accidentally invented, just after World War I. “All the British Navy sailors were at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club here in Hamilton, because it was way too windy and stormy to go out to their boats“, he explains. “So they were at the bar, banging back Black Rum and Ginger Beers, and one sailor - who was very drunk - asked for a Black Rum and Ginger Beer. But the bartender, seeing that this man was drunk, only served him a glass of Ginger Beer. The sailer then piped up, ‘Put some Rum in my drink’, and when the bartender did, the Rum just sat on top. So the sailor kind of looked at it for a little bit and said, ‘That looks like a storm cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under’. Which was quickly followed by: ‘Barkeep, I’ll have another Dark ‘n Stormy’.”