Latin Twist: Dark and Spicy


If this drink sounds vaguely familiar it’s because it’s the fraternal twin of the Dark and Stormy. This one, mis queridos amigos, unlike  the Dark and Stormy,  has a bit of a bite!

Since it’s October, and I’ve been working a bit of a beer theme, I thought I’d keep it going with this cocktail. Part beer, part rum, with the additional Latin twist of jalapeño and lime. This is the perfect early fall barbecue drink because it’s got heft and spark! And, did I mention that it tastes terrific?

Dark and Spicey

So, to make your Dark and Spicy, all you need is good rum (though the “traditional” Dark and Stormy uses Goslings rum, I used a lovely Guatemalan rum!), tasty ginger beer, limes and jalapeño!Dark and spicy ingredients

To make two: Cut a lime into eighths, and remove the stems and seeds from one jalapeño and cut it into a small dice. Divide into two bar glasses and muddle the jalapeño and lime in each one. Add ice, 1 and half to two ounces of rum, and shake. Pour into two prepared glasses, and top with about 4 to 6 ounces each of the beer. Garnish with lime, additional jalapeño if you like, and serve! ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!


About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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