Last summer I was looking for a “go to” drink that I could enjoy all summer. That’s when I came a across the “Dark N’ Stormy.” My favorite local pub, Parnell’s, added it to their summer menu. This was pretty surprising seeing as this place is as far from a “cocktail bar” as you can get. I once heard a customer ask the owner, Declan (a cute surly Irish gentleman), what the “specials were that night.” Declan responded with, “We’re open.”
When I saw this on the menu I had to try it. I am a fan of the Moscow Mule which combines ginger beer, lime juice and vodka. So I knew I would love ginger beer, lime juice and black rum! I was right! Here is what you need
♥ Ginger Beer- I use Goya’s Jamaican Style ginger beer. It’s .99 a bottle, easy to find and has a nice spicy kick to it. But there are plenty of other versions and they are pretty easy to find. Liquor stores often have it. Ginger Beer is non-alcoholic and has a more potent ginger flavor then ginger ale.
♥ Black Rum- I usually use Gosling’s Black Seal, which is delicious and the black rum to use. But this year as I was purchasing my bottle of black rum my summer full of Dark N’ Stormy’s I happened upon The Kracken Black Spiced Rum and I had to buy it. It is also delicious and the bottle is fun…also it’s called The Kracken and has a picture of a Kracken on it. Awesome.
♥ Lime- You could use bottle lime juice if you are so inclined. If you opt for the lime you can use it as a garnish as well in addition to using the juice.
Here is the fun part. Putting it all together. Order is everything in making a good Dark N’ Stormy. In your glass of choice (tumbler, high ball glass etc) add ice, and 1-2 table spoons lime juice. The fill your glass (almost to the top make sure to leave enough room for the rum) with the ginger beer. Then add the black rum. I usually use just 1 shot of the black rum, but how much you use is entirely up to you. The different viscosity of the liquids make the beverage take on the look of a thunder storm. I usually mix it up with my straw before I drink it, but it’s fun to look at when you first make it. Cheers!
A couple weekends ago the Tall Ships Came to Cleveland! They come every few years to The Port of Cleveland. This is my first year going. The lines were really long, but we went aboard one ship. I caught some awesome pictures while we were there. Check them out.
Beautiful Lake Erie!
The boat we went on was The Peacemaker some of the crew drives cross country and lives in this awesome bus. I love it so much. It makes me want to be a gypsy.
You guys… Its hot…. Like really hot…. Like I caught myself wishing for winter today… I know INSANITY! My point is we are smack in the middle of summer and that means Summer Mix time! I actually had this done like a month ago, but as you can tell I haven’t been blogging here for a couple of months. I have been busy co-directing the 10-10 Festival at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. The show closed last Saturday and now I have more time… too bad it’s so hot I don’t want to do anything but sit in front of a fan. I digress…I made this mix for the first part of the summer. I usually do two mixes so I will be putting together a new one soon…. it will be hard to beat this one! If someone can recommend a way I can put the actual playlist on here so you folks can listen to it I would be forever grateful. Please share your thoughts! Click the picture above to listen to the playlist on Spotify!
♥ On The Ground- Sleigh Bells
♥ A Bar In Amsterdam- Katzenjammer
♥ Acapella- Karmin
♥ The Ghost Inside- Broken Bells
♥ Royals- Lorde
♥ This Is What Makes Us Girls- Lana Del Rey
♥ Take A Walk- Passion Pit
♥ Safe and Sound- Capital Cities
♥ The Start Of Something- Voxtrot
♥ Rich Girls- The Virgins
♥ Crooked Teeth- Death Cab For Cutie
♥ Waste- Foster The People
♥ Love Is Like A Sunset Part 2- Phoenix
♥ With You- I Fight Dragons
♥ On Top Of The World- Imagine Dragons
♥ Tax Cab- Vampire Weekend
♥ Lovely Cup- Grouplove
♥ Someday- The Strokes
♥ 5 Years Time- Noah & The Whale
♥ Go Outside- Cults
♥ Home- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Do you have a summer mix? Please share! I’m always looking for some good tunes
So yesterday the hub and I met up after work over at Wade Lagoon outside the art museum. I brought a thermos of coffee and we enjoyed a couple cups while enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful view.
It was a relaxing end to the crazy day. I am hoping to be able to be able to have a lot of those kind of dates through out the spring and summer!
As we were sitting by the lagoon I snapped this picture! It’s a gold fish! They grow to their environment. I am in love with this picture! It’s magical.
♥ Pompeii- Bastille
♥ Sail Into The Sun-Gentlemen Hall
♥ Shine- Wild Belle
♥ Sight of The Sun- fun.
♥ First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
♥ Soil, Soil- Teagan & Sara
♥ Flowers in Your Hair- The Lumineers
♥ In My Mind- Amanda Palmer
♥ Everybody- Ingrid Michaelson
♥ Everything’s Okay-Lenka
♥ Pony (it’s okay)- Erin McCarly
♥ Fairy Tales- Sara Bareilles
♥ Never Wanted Your Love- She & Him
♥ Love- Matt White
♥ You Don’t Know Me- Ben Fold featuring Regina Spektor
♥ 3am- Kate Nash
♥ Two Bird- Regina Spektor
♥ Does He Love You- Rilo Kiley
♥ Past Lives- Ke$ha
♥ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot part 1-Flaming Lips
Monday morning: Winter Wonderland
Friday evening: Spring has sprung