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Hello! I am trying to find the best Dark 'n' Stormy cocktails in the area - any suggestions?

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  1. Majestic Cafe in Old Town.

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    1. re: daves_32

      I tried getting one at Majestic tonight. They were out of ginger beer - very disappointing. RIS still reigns supreme for me.

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      RIS
      2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        Sorry about the rec then. Did you get something else? the mint julep there is great. What is it with ginger beer? I had that same misfortune at Founding Farmers once too.

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        Founding Farmers
        1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

        1. re: daves_32

          I got a "Missionary's Downfall" I think it was called - lotsa mint. It was good, not great. (Especially because I had my heart set on a D&S!)

          Re: ginger beer. They use a certain kind and were sent a different kind, which they sent back.

    2. Annabelle Lee's in Baltimore has the "Into the Maelstrom" a dark and stormy made with a touch of 151. I'm not a cocktail drinker in general but I love this version.

      1. they'll make you a very tasty dark 'n stormy at the passenger (7th st. by the convention center).

        1. Cafe Atlantico and RIS both pour a nice one.

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          Cafe Atlantico
          405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          RIS
          2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

          1. Ooh! Thank you all! These look great

            1. The Passenger will make you a nice one, but I'm partial to J&G Steakhouse's - it was perfect.

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              1. re: Raids

                I had a fantastic one last week at Ris. I'm glad you posted this baofrylover. I love this cocktail too!

                1. re: woodleyparkhound

                  Agree with RIS! Had one this weekend and it was incredible. They make their own ginger beer.

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                  RIS
                  2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                  1. re: Energy09

                    Hey woodley and energy, if you see this -- on the RIS recommendation -- I was just looking at their happy hour menu and it's not one of the cocktails listed -- I'm guessing it might not be a complete list, but wouldn't want to invite a dark and stormy lover for a drink there only to be disappointed (perhaps it was only a mid-summer drink?) -- what do you think?

                    We make them almost every night here at home -- the classic Barrett's and Gosling's -- delicious and as said above, really easy, doesn't exactly take a skilled bartender (although lately we've been making our own ginger simple syrup instead). The main reason to compare different bars' versions I think would be if they make their own ginger beer.

                    I did have a good one, with the home-made ginger, at Bourbon on 18th st a while ago, as an fyi. I'm definitely interested in trying Patty Boom Boom now, too.

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                    RIS
                    2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                    1. re: mselectra

                      No; it's not on the HH menu. I had it post-HH, and paid full price for it.

                      1. re: woodleyparkhound

                        Thanks for the quick reply! Full price is cool, but HH was the only list of cocktails I found, so thought I'd ask you. I imagine if they make their own ginger beer there's always the chance they'll run out or don't always make it. Will let you know if I go...

                        1. re: mselectra

                          The bartender who invented came up with that version at RIS is named Jo Jo. He posted something to that effect on this thread, but I see that has since been removed. I guess if you are really going out of your way to get there, it might make sense to call and see if he's working or at least to make sure they have a supply of his homemade ginger beer.

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                          RIS
                          2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                          1. re: woodleyparkhound

                            We made it to RIS Friday night and loved the dark & stormy as much as you all promised (Raids, too, below, who I didn't acknowledge earlier). We went after dinner elsewhere and were about the only ones at the bar. Jo Jo wasn't there (I asked) but the bartenders who served us were great. We asked for a taste of the ginger beer alone, and they were very nice about it, and also about our asking how they make it (my partner also makes a ginger simple syrup at home, but he hasn't been able to get as concentrated a ginger flavor).

                            I also really liked the Tokyo Kilt (or whatever it was called, their version of the cucumber-Hendricks type drink).

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                            RIS
                            2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                            1. re: mselectra

                              Glad you liked it! It packs quite the punch, too, does it not?

                              I also thought the two bartenders we chatted with there while waiting for our table were very nice and accessible, also.

                              1. re: Raids

                                Mselectra, sorry I am just seeing your post! Agree with all that has been written so far. Jo Jo created the drink (came up with the recipe for the ginger beer), but I've been there before when he is not there and they always seem to have it in stock. Still the best one I have found in DC!

              2. Patty Boom Boom on U Street. Get a Jamaican Patty while you're at it! Their rum punch is a little sweet, but the ginger beer is perfect.

                1. Black's in Bethesda serves it as well (inspired me to stock up on the ingredients at home).

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                  1. re: Doh

                    As a frequent traveler to Bermuda, this is the easiest cocktail to get right at home.....but you must have the 3 key incredients: Goslings rum, Barrett's Ginger Beer, & lotsa limes. Without any of the incredients including Barrett's (accept no substitutions!!!), it is not a proper Stormy. I buy Barrett's by the case and it is our typical Friday evening start in the Summer.

                    1. re: jck

                      You can use Blenheim #1 Hot Ginger Ale, which is a pretty good substitute for Barrett's.

                  2. thank you all!

                    1. Make a reservation for the Columbus Room at The Passenger. Derek Brown is awesome and he can definitely make you a nice Dark n Stormy. The Gin Daisy is delicious too.

                      1. The one at Creme is quite good (although I should state that it has been about 2+ years since I've had it there).

                        1. Probably one of the easier drinks to make at home. Try some ice cubes, 1.5 ounces of Gosling's Black Seal, and enough Barritts Ginger Beer to suit your tastes. A slice and squeeze of lime ties it all together. I can't say I've had a better version than that.

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                          1. re: jfw

                            Gosling's now makes its own Ginger Beer which is quite good. Also, I've heard but not had that the Sofitel does a good job with this, if you're up for a hotel bar.

                          2. My boyfriend had J&G's version today - it's excellent. So there's another to add to the list!

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                            1. re: reiflame

                              I finally had the one at RIS yesterday, and now I think it's better. It definitely has more ginger bite to it.

                              1. re: Raids

                                Raids: That's what I loved about the RIS one - a strong ginger bite. It seemed "hot" with ginger. The more you like ginger, the better it is.

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                                RIS
                                2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                            2. I think ceiba makes a great dark 'n' stormy - but I haven't had many, so I look forward to trying some of the other recommendations!

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                              1. re: pamelak52

                                Both Ceiba and Cafe Atlantico pour a tasty Dark n Stormy

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                                Cafe Atlantico
                                405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

                              2. I haven't tried them, but Captain Larry's in Baltimore has half price dark n' stormys if it's raining outside.

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                                Captain Larry's
                                601 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

                                1. Recently I've found tasty Dark and Stormys at Town Hall and at The Black Rooster. I also noticed they sell the Goslings Ginger beer at Wagshals.