Updated: Dec 18, 2019
It's #ThirstyThursday and y'all know what I do best!
Welcome back! Another week, another drink. Or two or three, but who's counting?! Hope everyone has been sippin' and chillin' and getting ready for this three day weekend that is quickly approaching.
My week has been filled with the usual: books and booze. Because I can't ever read just one book, right now, I'm working on two. Which is also rare for me because usually it's at least three (paperback, audible, and kindle). Currently, I'm just rocking audible and kindle with The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and Verity by Colleen Hoover, respectively.
After reading I Can be a Better You by Tarryn Fisher and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, I am completely #shooketh. For some reason, I thought it was a great idea to follow up those books with two more dark treats. My mind is going to get lost in this black hole it's falling into and then how will I thank myself for being so damn creepy and finding these gems of books? How will I be able to make drinks that pair with them if I can't pull myself from under the covers where I'm currently hiding?
Luckily, I've been able to manage so far, so that I can bring you this week's #SIPnopsis! -- see what I did there?
The classic Dark and Stormy is this week's pick!
Over the weekend, I posted to my IG stories (which @shay.shay.af | give me a follow) asking which book people thought this drink best paired with. The choices were:
I Can be a Better You by Tarryn Fisher
Suit by BB Easton
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner
Most people guessed The Handmaid's Tale . . .
Most people would be right!
The Handmaid's Tale is best paired with a Dark and Stormy.
I'm not gonna lie, when I first started reading this story for book club, I was not a fan. I'm not sure if it was the style of writing I needed to get used to, or if it was too slow in the beginning, or if it was the narrator (I 'read' this book through audible), or if I was just too damn tired from work that I couldn't pay enough attention as I made the commute back home.
After reading the second half of the book, however, I loved it! The book really came together and I definitely recommend, BUT only if you like dark and fucked up shit. Perfect segue . . .
Enter the Dark and Stormy.
A Dark and Stormy is a classic cocktail containing just three simple ingredients: ginger beer, rum, and lime.
Dark and Stormy Recipe
Dark Rum (of your choosing; I chose Kraken)
Non-alcoholic Ginger Beer (diet or not and of your choosing; I went with Gosling's)
What to do:
In a hi-ball glass, pour about 4-6 oz (about half a can) of ginger beer.
Add 2 oz of dark rum.
Serve over ice.
Lime juice from lime can be squeezed into drink and/or added to the glass for garnish.
I chose this cocktail to pair with The Handmaid's Tale because the name is seriously perfect for the contents of that novel and because of the aesthetics of the drink. The dark is literally sitting on top of the light and it eventually takes over the entire cocktail until there is no more light left.
I won't go into too much detail because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone who hasn't read it yet and because this is just a small SIPnopsis, but here goes: The world gets taken over by an organization who force the majority of women to become child-bearers (the handmaids). They live with the families and have sex with the husband in hopes of providing a child for their commander and his wife.
There's a lot of other things that go down, but again this is a SIPnopsis, not a GULPnopsis lol.
Anyway, by the time you finish reading this amazing piece of dark art, you'll need a Dark and Stormy to calm your nerves.
AND if you decide to watch the series on Hulu (based on the book; same name), you're going to need about five . . . just to get through the first episode. But, it's great. I promise. If you're into that kind of thing.
"go where the Wi-Fi is weak and the rum is strong"
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