Last week, Jacob was at work speaking with our friend and artist, Jay Madairy about the escalating cost of limes. I’m told the conversation went something like this:

JB: Jay, what’s going on with the price of limes? They’re costing a fortune.

JM: I know.

JB: I don’t know what I’m going to do if I can’t have fresh limes in my vodka tonics…

JM: Vodka tonics? What about my Dark and Stormys?

JB: Dark and Stormy?

JM: You haven’t had a Dark and Stormy, the national drink of Bermuda? You need to get a life.

A few days later, Jay brought Jacob a bottle of Gosling’s  Black Seal Rum (great taste since 1806), and a six-pack of Barritt’s Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer (Bermuda’s favourite since 1874), and a two-dollar lime with this simple instruction, “Get to know the Dark and Stormy.”

Now, I’ve been to Bermuda a couple of times and have never had a Dark and Stormy—Bacardi and soda with a squeeze of lime is my warm weather go-to drink—so I went online and found the D&S recipe on Gosling’s website.

We made them today and after the first sip Jacob and I looked at each other, nodded in an approving way and after another sip we looked for our backgammon set. It’s that kind of a drink. Sip, talk, and play a game. Or, just sip and talk. Or, just sip and sip and sip until the sun goes down on that pink sand beach at your feet.

Thanks for the set-up, Jay! You are a gracious guy; we are enlightened and happy.