After months of not being able to post new recipes because of two complicated hand surgeries, I’m celebrating my ongoing recovery with the Meyer Lemon Dark & Stormy cocktail.
It feels terrific to slowly regain strength and dexterity in both my hands. Goodbye to unwieldy casts, awkward splints and one-handed driving. Being back in the kitchen with two hands, however weak and stiff, feels almost intoxicating. Gardening is still a challenge, but I will get there and hope to plant our summer herbs and vegetables in a couple weeks.
Dealing with soreness instead of acute and relentless pain from arthritis in both my thumbs is such a difference. I am so grateful, both to my brilliant and supportive surgeon and to my talented OT who supervises my ongoing rehab.
I started my journey towards recovery early last November and here we are now, well into Spring. It has been a bumper crop season for Meyer lemons in our neighborhood this season, and we are picking a handful almost daily. Our lemons are such a boost to a low salt diet, adding a spark of flavor to so many dishes and drinks.
The classic dark & stormy cocktail adds a slice of lime to a mixture of dark rum and ginger beer. I substituted a squirt of Meyer lemon juice, as well as a slice for a garnish.
Cheers and a belated happy Spring!
LtC TIP: I like Reed’s ginger beer, available at Trader Joe’s.
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon juice
- Meyer lemon slice (optional garnish)
- Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice.
- Add the rum, ginger beer and Meyer lemon juice.
- Shake for 30 seconds and pour over ice.
- Garnish with lemon slice.