Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dark 'n' Stormy

Quite a few of you have e-mailed to ask about what this dark and stormy evening I have planned tonight is. 

Have you ever been to Georgetown?  Have you ever visited Martin's Tavern?

WIMP is from the DC area, and last year we all trekked up that way for a bridal shower her Maid of Honor Boris was hosting.  That evening we ventured out in Georgetown, and we stumbled upon Martin's Tavern. 

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - When you walk into Billy Martin's Tavern, you can't help but be hit by the history.

"This is what we call the proposal booth," says 4th generation owner, Billy Martin, as he walks along a row of old booths inside the restaurant's main dining room. "It's the booth where John F. Kennedy actually proposed to Jackie. This is where he asked her to get married."

We asked the charming bartender what cocktail we should try.  We wanted something "different".  He proposed we try a Dark and Stormy.  We hadn't a clue what that was, but promptly ordered a round.

A Dark and Stormy (or Dark 'n' Stormy) is an alcoholic highball style cocktail popular in many British Commonwealth countries, such as Bermuda and Australia. It consists of dark rum and ginger beer over ice. The local rum is usually used, for example, Goslings in Bermuda or Bundaberg in Australia.

They were quite tasty, and we proceeded to have quite a few of them each!  This led to the following events:

So....perhaps Dark 'n' Stormys don't lead to the classiest of evenings, but they sure are fun!!

Tonight MK, WIMP and I are going to make Dark 'n' Stormys and watch documentaries about the Kennedy's.  Well, perhaps we will watch a little bit of last night's Rachel Zoe too...




AMS said...

Oh I've been meaning to try that place!!

Dee Stephens said...

awesome! I've been to Martins but I've never had a Dark and STormy!

mrs.mfc said...

I can't wait to taste these cocktails.... since I really can't remember what they tasted like that night ;) Ahhhhhh good times!

katie lake said...

The Dark n Stormy was my go-to cocktail when I was living in San Fran. Everyone there has their own take on different cocktails so I tried it everywhere trying to decide my favorite.

Jess said...

That's awesome!! Have a great night! (And, I still love that picture with you and the...piece of street machinery - a crane?? I have no idea what it is, but you get what I mean!)