The Meyer Lemon Dark & Stormy

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The Meyer Lemon Dark & Stormy

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.

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The Meyer Lemon Dark & Stormy
Recipe type: cocktail
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Serves: 1 cocktail
A twist on the classic dark & stormy cocktail, substituting Meyer lemon for lime.
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon juice
  • Meyer lemon slice (optional garnish)
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice.
  2. Add the rum, ginger beer and Meyer lemon juice.
  3. Shake for 30 seconds and pour over ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon slice.


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17 Responses to The Meyer Lemon Dark & Stormy

  1. Jayne April 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    What a great name for a cocktail! So pleased your recovery is going well. Happy Spring Liz!

    • Liz April 22, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

      Thanks, Jayne, I thought of you yesterday on the Queen’s birthday – she looked wonderful. She and my mother were the same age and I only wish she had lived to see this.

  2. Suzanne April 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    So good to hear you are recovering nicely and I can relate to the relief, I have CTS in both hands and had surgery on the right hand, it’s such a relief. Your dark and stormy sounds delicious. Love meyers and lucky you having a tree.

    • Liz April 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

      I know that CTS can be so painful – my arthritis was awful and motivated me to have both surgeries. Recovery can take a year.

  3. Mary Frances April 25, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Hi Liz, hope you get recovered soon. This cocktail looks delicious! 🙂

    • Liz April 25, 2016 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks for your good wishes – recovery is slow but steady.

  4. Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef April 25, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    I like to squirt a little lemon juice in my drinking water. We are so lucky to have our Meyer lemon trees.
    I am glad you are feeling better and wish you a speedy recovery. Prost, your cocktail looks good.

    • Liz April 25, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      Yes, we are so lucky to have our incredible Meyer lemon trees – I appreciate them all year long.

  5. sippitysup April 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

    Thrilled to hear the good news. D and S is a fav of mine and Meyer certainly belongs in the mix. GREG

    • Liz April 26, 2016 at 8:38 am #

      Thanks for the tips, Greg, when we were starting to grow our second Meyer – tree is small but flourishing now.

  6. Gisele aka LA2LAChef April 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm #

    Glad things are progressing, Liz. I know the feeling. Keep the faith!

    • Liz April 28, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

      So glad you are at home, backyard flood or no – xo

  7. Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC May 1, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    I’m so glad to see this pop up in my feed today Liz. Welcome back and glad you are recovering!

    • Liz May 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      Slow but surely – strength very slow in returning and lots I’m postponing to do, both in the kitchen and garden.

  8. Mary Frances May 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    Perfect drink for the coming summer! 😉

    • Liz May 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      Hope you try a batch – enjoy!

  9. Ken March 18, 2023 at 3:20 pm #

    I don’t know you Liz, but I am sure you are better now! Didn’t have any limes in the house, but lemons work just as well. Brought my Bermudian Rum back from a week holiday there , arriving home yesterday…the magic still continues

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