Sunday, December 10, 2017

Advent Calendar Day 10

It wouldn't be the Advent Calendar if I didn't share at least one new cocktail recipe this holiday season.

A Dark 'n Stormy is apparently a tropical drink (it hails from Bermuda) but it was my cocktail of choice while in Montreal (and Toronto and Ottawa) and it really has a very festive, holiday zing to it. Plus, it couldn't be more simple to make.

Now the catch with a drink this simple is you need top shelf ingredients. Just sayin.

Dark 'n Stormy 

1 oz. DARK (not spicy) rum (Gosling's Black Seal Rum is recommended)
4 oz. ginger beer (Barrit's Ginger Beer was recommended)
a squirt of fresh lime juice (to taste, in other words) 
tall (high ball) glass

Fill glass with ice. Pour in the ginger beer and leave enough room for the rum. Add the rum. Squirt in some fresh lime juice. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Share your favorite holiday beverage recipe below (it doesn't have to be alcoholic) and I'll randomly pick ten people to receive their choice of one ebook from my backlist.


I love it when readers participate in the Advent Calendar -- it makes it all the more festive and entertaining for everyone (including yours truly).

So to reward that spirit I've decided that every single person who commented below up to today (Christmas Eve) gets to choose a book from my digital backlist. 

Yep, that keeps it nice and simple, doesn't it? :-D

So if you commented below, drop me a line with your email addy and let me know the title of the book you want and whether you would like an epub or mobi file. 


  1. That sounds very ME easier than a Hurricane.

  2. That Dark and Stormy looks delicious, may have to try it soon!

    I love Christmas Sangria for Christmas dinner:
    1 bottle (750 ml) red wine
    6 oz brandy
    2 oz Gran Marnier
    8 oz pomegranate juice
    8 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
    1 orange, thinly sliced
    Arils from 1 pomegranate
    1 cup fresh cranberries
    1 cinnamon stick

    In large pitcher, stir together liquids. Add fruit and cinnamon stick. Chill in fridge for 2 hours.

    Note: I sometimes make this with Prosecco or a Californian sparkling wine instead of red wine.
    Note 2: This is also nice with blood oranges instead of navel oranges.

    Serves a couple of lushes or a several moderate drinkers!

  3. Pomegranate Cosmo

    3 tablespoons vodka, preferably citron
    1 tablespoon Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
    3/4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
    2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
    1 orange twist

    Combine vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with orange twist.

    Not sure why this is my seasonal favorite but I will definitely be enjoying a few at the office holiday party on Tuesday! ;)

    I hope you enjoy one, too!

    ps Dark and Stormy sounds delish!

  4. Going to pick up proper ingredients for this cocktail as it sounds delicious. I enjoy cocktails with very dry champagne. [And Grand Marnier]. I'm a splasher and twister. Splash of cranberry juice, twist of lime, done - DRINK!

  5. I'm afraid that I don't drink anything apart from non-alcoholic drinks but this is such a fantastic giveaway! ^_^

  6. A variation on a summer favorite:

    3 oz Pimm’s No. 1
    1 1/2 oz lemon juice
    1 oz simple syrup
    1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
    3 oz Canada Dry Ginger Ale
    1 oz ginger liqueur
    Fresh cranberries
    Fresh lemon slices
    Rosemary sprigs

  7. I know Dark and Stormy... One of my favs. I should go with Negroni, which I think everybody knows:
    1 oz London dry gin
    1 oz sweet vermouth
    1 oz Campari
    Stir with ice and garnish with orange peel... Just one has me singing all night long! ;)

  8. I don't drink never liked the taste but I always think cocktails look fun and festive. My holiday drink of choice is Appletiser it's 100% sparkling apple juice and when it's in a wine glass it looks like white wine :)

  9. It's cold outside so the drink has to be a hot one.
    Hot Toddy
    5 cl Whisky
    2,5 cl lemon juice
    2 spoon honey
    7,5 cl hot water
    1 cinnamon stick
    5 whole clove
    2 slice of lemon

  10. Vernors, fruit punch, pineapple juice in equal parts. You can also freeze any of the above, or all, in festive ice cube trays to float in the punch bowl. Non alchoholic, but always garners compliments and requests for the recipe.

  11. We like to make butter beer for Christmas. There are a number on line and everyone has their favorite. Then we add some vodka or rum to make it better.

  12. I have to say, I don't mind a bit of eggnog with a splash of spiced rum.
    However, I love the smell of hot mulled cider wafting through the house. Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg says "Holidays" like nothing else.
    Toss in some dried orange peel or cranberries if you so desire.

  13. Kir Royale: Pour a 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of creme de cassis in the bottom of a champagne flute. Top carefully with champagne.

    Variations: use a sparkling wine or white wine instead of champagne. Use Chambord, a French black raspberry liqueur, instead of creme de cassis. Use a non-alcoholic black currant syrup instead of the creme de cassis.
    Use hard apple cider instead of champagne with some calvados (apple brandy).

  14. Don't really drink it any other time of year, but during the holidays I love a mug of hot chocolate with lots of miniature marshmallows.

  15. I can't drink much but this sounds so delicious I need to try it!

  16. I totally agree with Richelle. Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows is the best during this holiday season.

  17. I'm furiously scribbling down all these recipes! I'll need to pace myself because I can already see myself drunk as a skunk on some of these!

  18. My fave drink is super simple to make and also healthy. Add to one glass of water half to one tablespoons of vinegar and one to two tablespoons of honey, depending on how sweet you like it.

    It tastes a little like honey and lime, without the bother of squeezing a lime or lemon. There are many on the net who say vinegar taken ten minutes before a meal lowers blood sugar. I doubt the addition of the honey does blood sugar any good though. But it is tasty.

  19. I like this one to gave with appetizers. It's light and bubbly and very tasty. You need apple cider, prosecco, and cinnamon sugar. Wet the rim of your glass with cider, and dip it into the cinnamon sugar. Add some ice to the glass, fill about halfway with cider, and top it off with prosecco. Yummy.

  20. A Dark and Stormy is one of my favorite drinks!

    I'm a fan of really good hot chocolate any time, but at the holidays I often add a splash of peppermint schnapps (or maybe more than a splash depending on mood!). - Toni

  21. Just made Dark N Stormies for a holiday party and they were such a hit!!! My new fav drink. I love that they aren't overly strong or sickly sweet. Super yummy. Thanks!