After a day filled with activities and sightseeing, consider a visit to one of the local pubs or bars to add to your sense of discovery. Bermudians are serious about their happy hour; to truly taste this island you must forgo the wine list for a day and indulge in a true paradisiacal cocktail. Bermuda’s national drink, Dark ‘n’ Stormy, is a highball cocktail that is a trademark of the makers of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, which is mixed with a splash of nonalcoholic ginger beer over ice. This blend of sweet and spice was invented by a Bermudian naval officer more than a century ago. Its colour is an allusion to the clouds you do not want to sail towards. If you want to add an extra shot of colour to your day, order the Rum Swizzle, Bermuda’s classic mixture of amber and dark rums, brandy, citrus juices and grenadine syrup. With crushed ice, the fusion is stirred by inserting a pronged stick into the pitcher and rubbing it between the palms of your hands. More contemporary Bermudian drinks are also a feast for the senses: the graceful Blue Bermuda, a blend of Blue Curacao liqueur, BACARDÍ rum and pineapple juice; the Bermuda Breeze, with amaretto, cranberry and pineapple juices, sour mix, and coconut liqueur; and the Bermuda Triangle, a mix of BACARDÍ rum and cranberry and orange juices. The Bermuda Blush makes for an elegant choice: Champagne, BACARDÍ rum, coconut milk, lime, pineapple and orange juices, and a splash of grenadine. On a romantic trip? Share a glass of the Bermuda Bloom, a sensual mix of apricot brandy, triple sec, orange juice and syrup — and watch the sun set whilst lounging on a sun-drenched terrace framed by palm trees. It doesn’t get much more Bermuda-spirited than that.
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