There’s a good reason L. Frank Baum set The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in
Kansas. Besides producing bushels of wheat and corn, this state is also prolific in two additional areas—wind and storms.
For days, the weather forecasters warned about the coming storm, which arrived a few days ago. The city’s tornado sirens got their first non-test workout, though thankfully no twisters developed.
While my area of Topeka (downtown) got the usual wind, lightening, thunder, tiny hail and lots of rain that comes with a big storm, other surrounding locations had it much worse, with flooding rains and massive hail. (One place reported hail the size of grapefruit!)
I’m always fascinated by thunderstorms. I will sit at a window or on a covered porch and watch one roll through as if it were the latest
Mom thinks my storm interest comes from my childhood when we lived in
Grandview, a suburb of Kansas City. Our rented house didn’t have a basement. When the weather turned ominous, we crossed the street to the landlord’s home where we joined other families in its sheltering basement. Mom says while the other kids were scared and crying, I looked around in excitement waiting for the “fun” to begin.
Now when I watch a storm roll through, I can do so with an appropriately themed cocktail.
My favorite is the Storm Chaser, a bubbly, zippy beverage made with spiced rum, ginger ale and a squirt of lime juice.
For a drink with a little more kick, I like the Dark and Stormy, with its blend of dark rum, ginger beer, and lime juice.
Mix up your favorite and watch the clouds churn.
1.5 ounces spiced rum (I use Captain Morgan.)
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the spiced rum and top off with ginger ale. Squeeze in the juice from the lime wedge.
Dark and Stormy
1.5 ounces dark rum
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the rum and top off with ginger beer. Squeeze in the juice from the lime wedge.