The Stormy Summer Cocktail is a light and refreshing spin on the popular dark ‘n’ stormy, perfect for a summer night with or without a thunderstorm (summer storms I love them).
One of my favorite cocktails is the dark ‘n‘ stormy and that’s not just because it is a classic and those are always good choices. This cocktail is made with dark rum and ginger beer and served with a lime wedge. It comes in a highball glass but I almost always serve it in a mason jar and it’s the perfect porch cocktail.
It was during one of those occasional thunderstorms in the Southeast that makes the sweltering heat even more unbearable. The porch would have turned into an aquarium without the fans and there was more moisture outside than inside my glass. And this is why I started thinking about it: sipping-thinking-sipping-thinking, only good thinks can come out of this. I wanted my drink a bit lighter without changing the overall taste too much. I’ve become somewhat obsessed with ginger beer lately and needed the flavors to shine through. And this is why the stormy summer cocktail was born.
stormy summer cocktail
I skipped the dark rum and went for a lighter (I mean less boozy) option with dry vermouth. I topped off the stormy summer cocktail with a little bit bourbon and it was just perfect due to the caramel flavor and perfectly balanced.
- 355 ml / 12 oz. ginger beer
- 400 ml / 13.5 oz. dry vermouth
- 60 ml / 2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 120 ml / 4 oz. bourbon (30 ml / 1 oz. per serving)
- ice cubes
- 4 lime slices for garnish
- In a pitcher add ginger beer, vermouth, and lime juice and stir.
- Fill four tall glasses half full with ice cubes and divide the mixture among those glasses.
- Slowly pour the bourbon (30 ml / 1 oz. per glass) over the back of a spoon and on top of the stormy summer cocktail.
- Garnish with the lime slices and serve immediately. Enjoy!
If you like the dark ‘n’ stormy like I do, check out my other version the appled dark ‘n’ stormy.