Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Tropical Storm

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I’m sure that some of you have heard of a drink called the Dark and Stormy.  It’s a classic cocktail with ginger beer and dark rum.  Since I love coconut so much (and by now you know I can’t leave well enough alone), I wanted to make my own version.

Let’s get started!

Always start with a fun glass.  You can find a lot of fun ones, like the one I used, at Ikea (only $0.99!).  The main thing we’re looking for is the size- it should be an 8 ounce glass.

Fill the glass you’ve chosen about halfway with ice.  Add 1 ounce of Ginger Beer.  I should mention that ginger beer is typically different than your basic ginger ale.  It’s always made with fresh ginger, is less sweet, and has a sharper or “spicier” ginger taste.  It works wonderfully with the coconut rum in this cocktail.  If you can’t find it anywhere, ginger ale will work in a pinch.

Add the coconut rum and then top off with the rest of the ginger beer and lime juice.

If you’re feeling especially tropical, add a garnish of fresh pineapple and Maraschino cherry.

I hope this cocktail brings a little of the tropics to your Monday!



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  • 3 ounces ginger geer
  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • lime wedge
  • Fresh pineapple and Maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. Fill an 8 ounce glass halfway with ice.
  2. Add 1 ounce of ginger beer and the coconut rum.
  3. Add the other 2 ounces of ginger beer and a squirt of lime from the wedge. Stir.
  4. Garnish with fresh pineapple and Maraschino cherry on a cocktail stick, if you'd like.

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