{Grown-Up} Lemonade

{Grown-Up} Lemonade/ {i love} my disorganized life #lemonade #rum #BrunchWeek

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I’ve never really been that much of a drinker. I mean, sure, I love a glass of wine at the end of a long day, or even a beer {or two} with some spicy hot wings and a basket of fries. I even like a vodka tonic when I want to go easy on the calories. But I’ve never been a huge fan of whiskey or dark rum. Just not my ‘thing’. I’ve tried a rum and Coke a couple of times, but I can never get the proportions right. I just figured that dark spiced rum was just too ‘spiced’ for my taste.

Until I went to lunch with a friend one day. She ordered a drink I had never heard of before, and quite frankly, I thought it sounded a bit odd.
About a week later we were out again and stopped for happy hour at the same place we’d had lunch at the week before. She preceded to order the same drink, and let me try it.
It was fantastic!
Made with rum, fresh lemon juice and ginger beer, they seriously taste just like lemonade. Only with a kick. And strictly for grown-ups. {I later learned that this is a very popular drink traditionally called a Dark and Stormy}
With warmer weather on the horizon {already here for states like mine}, it’s the perfect time to start making these. Not only are they cool & refreshing, they are perfect for brunch or an outdoor barbecue.
{Grown-Up} Lemonade/ {i love} my disorganized life #lemonade #rum #BrunchWeek

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#BrunchWeek: {Grown-Up} Lemonade

Made with rum, fresh lemon juice and ginger beer, they seriously taste just like lemonade. Only with a kick. And strictly for grown-ups. Recipe is for Single Serve / {1/2 Gallon}

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 3 oz {22 oz} dark rum {Gosling's is the traditional, but we prefer Sailor Jerry's}
  • 2 oz {14 oz} fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 oz {28 oz} ginger beer {like root beer, but ginger!}
  • lemon slices for garnish
  • *You can always add a little more rum if you like it a bit stronger. I make Mark's with an extra oz of rum!
  • ** One lemon will produce about 4 oz of fresh squeezed juice, so you'll need 1/2 a lemon for a single serving and approximately 5 lemons for a 1/2 gallon {3 1/2 for the juice and 1.5 sliced for garnish}


  1. In a 16 oz glass, combine first three ingredients
  2. Fill glass with ice and stir
  3. Add garnish
Recipe Type: Cocktail


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  1. says

    Dark & Stormys are one of my favorite drinks! I've always been a bit odd when it comes to cocktails… I can't handle most of the vodka-based girlie ones, but can swig rum & whiskey like a sailor! Haha! I love the ginger "bite" of ginger beer. Glad you discovered it!

  2. says

    Yummy! We had some ginger beer-beer in St. Thomas a couple of months ago and fell in love. I think this will give us a really good approximation.

  3. says

    I've never heard of this Dark & Stormy drink. Need to add it to my must try list!!

  4. says

    Awesome, I haven't had gingerbeer forever and I love it!!

  5. says

    I am really in the mood for a mixed drink, and I love gingerbeer so I bet this would hit the spot.

  6. says

    Yum! I love lemon drinks, so this is right up my alley. I've never heard of a dark and stormy, but may ask for one the next time I'm in a bar.

  7. says

    Never heard of this and am not really a big rum fan. But I would give this a try in a heartbeat!

  8. says

    This sounds sooo good. Might be good to have during the summer around the pool 😉

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