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Winter Dark and Stormy

Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar

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J.M. Giordano

Lauren Vanbencoten with a Winter Dark and Stormy from Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar

Four toasty cocktails to keep you warm during the next polar vortex.

Winter Dark and Stormy

Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar

902 S. Charles St., (410) 234-0235,

In the summertime, the classic, refreshing Dark and Stormy cocktail—a combination of dark rum and ginger beer—sells well at Metropolitan in Federal Hill, according to manager Sylvere Tucker. And when the drink stayed popular through the fall, the Metropolitan staff began puzzling a way to warm up the drink. They settled on substituting cider (or, more precisely, spiced cider concentrate) for the ginger beer to make the Winter Dark and Stormy ($7). Tucker pours a shot of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum into a mug, adds a squirt of cider syrup, and tops it off with hot water, serving the beverage plain, no garnish. It’s nothing fancy, says Tucker, but it’s very popular. And for good reason: The hot cider is the perfect complement to the spicy dark rum. It’s a warm cocktail that you won’t have to worry about getting cold before you’ve consumed it all. For making it at home, one could use a spiced apple cider powder, but the simplest way to prepare it may be to warm up a mug of premade cider from the store and add a shot of rum; if you go with the latter option, it’s more than OK to just eyeball the measurements.


1 1/2 ounces dark rum
6 1/2 ounces hot apple cider


Combine ingredients, adding more or less rum and/or cider to achieve the desired flavor and strength.

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