Believe it or not, sometimes I travel without a liquid reason — well, sort of. As you read this, I’m hanging out in a small pub in Bermuda with a large cocktail in hand.
Though there are lots of opportunities to buy wine on the island, fermented grape juice is definitely not the national drink. That spot is reserved for an indigenous version of rum, which is the deep and dark, yet very well-rounded.
Gosling’s Black Seal (750 ml, $26.80 – $32.99) has been making magic from sugar cane since 1806 and you can’t visit Bermuda without tasting the mixed drink madness that is a Dark ‘n Stormy. It’s a simple combination of 1.5 ounces of Gosling’s Black and ginger beer (a soft drink with a much richer and sharper flavour than ginger ale). In a tall glass filled with ice, add the rum and top with the ginger beer. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge if (like me) you like a touch of citrus.
It’s a bright, spicy cocktail worthy of the British heritage of the island and is wonderfully late summer friendly.
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