Booze

Dark and Stormy

Years ago, when I seemed to have more luck than I do today, I was sent to Bermuda for a sales meeting one week after I started a job. While I'm sure I learned massive amounts about my new company, the only thing I still remember is how much I enjoyed my first Dark and Stormy, made with Bermuda's only homegrown spirit, Gosling's Black Seal Rum. Gosling's has a great history. About 200 years ago, an Englishman named James Gosling was sailing from London to the United States, his ship loaded with booze. Due to bad weather, he had to dock in Bermuda. After years of London's rain and sleet, he must have thought he'd landed in paradise, because he never left. Instead, he began making rum. He put it in recycled champagne bottles sealed with black wax. The rum was so popular that the "black seal" name stuck. On a recent visit to Hemingway's -- one of the few places in Denver that feels like a Bermuda beach bar, complete with bad murals of ocean scenes -- I decided to get reacquainted with my old friend. Here the Dark and Stormy ($6.50) is made the traditional way, with Gosling's Black Seal and ginger beer, and it tasted every bit as good as the one I discovered in Bermuda many years ago. Oh, how I wish every night could be dark and stormy.
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Nancy Levine
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