Disclaimer: Team Dream Catcher's legal council has told us to tell you that the surgeon general has shown that imbibing these drinks may cause pregnancy in laboratory rats. User discretion is advised and objects in the rearview mirror may appear blurry after drinking. And as always, please remember that if your erection lasts longer than 4 hours seek immediate medical help.
Ok, on with the show. First off, a couple of changes on the website. There have always been a "Tips" and "Recipes" section accessible via the main menu, but there has never been a way to notify you, our Dear Readers, as to additions or changes in these areas.
To address this, I have modified the code base we use and now as a new recipe or tip is added, it will show up at the top of the recent log entries and then work it's way down the list as time progresses, just like any normal log entry would.
I mention this because a frequent commenter (Rover) recently asked us to specify our favorite rum as well as our favorite rum drink and so without further ado (or Scooby Doo too), I give you the Tropical Storm.
- half cup of ice ( 2 cubes)
- 2 oz. light rum
- 1 oz. dark rum
- 2 oz. club soda
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 2 oz. orange juice
- 2 oz. crystal light
- 1 splash grenadine
The tropical storm started out as an attempt to replicate the "Hurricane" with ingredients available down island. The first year we were cruising my attempts to recreate this drink were so poor that Amy referred to it as a "little rain cloud" rather then the mighty weather phenomenon it was actually named for.
As the years progressed and my research expanded, she upgraded my drink through a series of names: "small squall", "weak cold front", "moderate downpour", "thunder storm", and "tropical depression". Then, late last year, I finally arrived at my current recipe and she declared that I had finally reached "tropical storm" conditions and all research was halted.
The light rum in the recipe is usually whatever is the cheapest junk I can get from the local liquor store. If I buy by the case, this means a sub 5 dollar price point per bottle. Typically we go with the Ron Ricardo brand as it is widely available and fairly tasteless.
On the hand, the dark rum is usually the best we can get. Our personal favorite is Appleton's Dark Reserve, but it has become increasingly difficult to locate, so often times we fall back to Myer's Dark. Down island it can be had for around 13 dollars a bottle if you buy it by the case.
The club soda is added for the bubble factor as somehow things are always cooler with bubbles. Lime juice is readily available in mega sized liter bottles that are seldom seen state side and it's cost is negligible.
The orange juice is used sparingly due to it's outrageous cost. It typically comes in soda sized cans and can run upwards of 2 bucks a can whe you can find it!
To backfill the lack of OJ, we mix up 1/2 gallon crystal light in one of several flavors and keep it handy in the fridge. It can be bought at Walmart in the U.S. and it comes 5 powder containers for a buck. My personal favorite is Wild berry, but any of the flavours except "Iced Tea" will do.
As a side note, we typically cross over to the islands with somewhere between 100 and 200 of these little Crystal light drink mixers and so far we have not returned to the states with any of them.
Finally, the splash of grenadine is mostly to make the drink look pretty, but it also ties everything together with a slightly sweet and barely noticable under taste. According to my precise, scientific calculations, ou Tropical Storm drink is produced at the whopping cost of almost 20 cents per glass.