White wood paneled walls covered in sailing memorabilia and waiters in crisp white shirts combined with the salty smell of raw oysters define Clarke Cooke House in Newport, Rhode Island. On a warm summer evening with the patio windows open, it is the quintessential coastal New England setting and the perfect place to enjoy the yacht club cocktail staple, a Dark and Stormy. Spicy ginger beer, sweet dark rum, and a squeeze of lime transport you to a sailor’s dream of chartering tropical islands.
My husband and I lived in Newport for a summer and we love to have Dark & Stormy’s whenever we want to remember our idyllic summer on Narragansett Bay.
Dark & Stormy
2 ounces good dark rum (Pusser’s is my favorite)
5 ounces ginger beer (not ginger ale)
1 wedge lime
In a highball glass filled with ice cubes combine rum and ginger beer. Squeeze lime into glass and stir gently.