Stormy Skies (with a chance of sunshine)

When coming up with cocktail ideas I often look to the weather forecast to help hone in on the flavors I'd like to create. Inspired by the rather sudden spike in temperature here in Ohio my mind immediately went to warm-weather cocktails, perfect for sipping on patios with friends. However, while it's been near 70's this week, it's been nothing but gloom and rain here in Columbus, making it difficult to get into the spirit of spring. Rather than abandon the idea of a refreshing and bright warm-weather cocktail I decided to tailor the drink to something a bit more stormy and spicy. I really need to give full credit to my friend Angela for this as she helpfully mentioned the classic Dark and Stormy, the unofficial cocktail of Bermuda, as the perfect starting point for a rainy weather drink. There are several interesting variations to this classic mix-up of rum, ginger beer, and lime but I was especially interested in trying out the Anejo Highball created by cocktail legend Dale DeGroff. With the addition of orange liqueur and Angostura bitters, it's a slightly more complex take on the classic. And for some reason the addition of orange brought to mind the idea of the sun peeking out from the dark stormy clouds... so I've renamed this drink Stormy Skies (with a chance of Sunshine.) It's a bit wordy but I needed to add a little optimism to it! Here's to positive thinking and sunny skies! Cheers!

Stormy Skies (With a Chance for Sunshine)

Also known as the Anejo Highball, created by Dale DeGroff. Makes 1 tasty drink!

1-½ oz. aged rum- I used Appleton V/X

½ oz. Cointreau or orange liqueur

¼ oz. fresh lime juice

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Ginger Beer – try Fever-Tree or Reed’s


Lime and/or orange wheel, for garnish

To make:

  1. Combine the rum, Cointreau, lime juice and bitters in a highball glass.
  2. Fill the glass with ice and top off with the ginger beer.
  3. Stir to incorporate all ingredients and add a lime or orange wheel for garnish.
  4. Drink up to sunny warm days ahead!

Have a fabulous weekend!