The exact history of this classic cocktail is murky—kind of like the blackstrap rum used to make it—but we do know that it originated somewhere in Barbados. The inspiration for the distinctly non-tropical name comes from its contrasting colors—the bright, pale mix of falernum and lime juice, and the dark, oil-like blackstrap rum. It’s similar to a Dark and Stormy, but tropical falernum takes the place of spicy ginger for a smooth, refreshing cocktail that’ll transport you to an island far, far away.
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- Add all ingredients save for the garnish to a rocks glass.
- Fill the glass with crushed iced and stir until the glass is frosty.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
A spin on the classic Dark and Stormy—a blend of dark rum, lime and ginger beer—the Perfect Storm adds one small but important ingredient: Angostura bitters. Not only do they keep with the Caribbean theme of the drink, they also add an impressive amount of aromatics, which only enhance the rich taste of dark rum and ginger spice.