When I was in the sixth grade I begged my parents to let me have a boy-girl party on Halloween. They finally agreed and I wrote out the invitations and told all my girl friends that it was on.
At school the next day I gave the invitations out to the girls, but ended up being too much of a chicken to even give them out to the boys. Us girls had lots of fun dressed up as punk rockers dancing to Thriller in my basement.
Nowadays I’m not quite as painfully shy as I was in the sixth grade, and I’ve been known to throw a few boy-girl parties since then. I especially love a good cocktail party, since you can set out a few snacks, some wine and beer, and plan on one or two special cocktails to mix for those that want them.
A fun drink for the rum drinkers is the Dark and Stormy. It’s made with dark rum and ginger beer or ginger ale, and is said to be a remedy for a sailor’s seasickness. But it’s definitely better without a queasy stomach!
Dark and Stormy
makes 1 drink
- 1 1/2 ounces dark rum
- ginger beer or ginger ale
- orange wedge for garnish (optional)
- Fill a highball glass with ice and pour rum on top.
- Add ginger beer/ale to fill glass.
- Garnish with orange wedge, if desired.