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Tempest Storm


Tempest Storm. I enjoyed meeting and interviewing Tempest Storm for both my film and book of the same name “Behind the Burly Q.” She was a gracious, forthright, smart lady. Born into poverty in Georgia, the young Annie Blanch Banks picked cotton. She began her stage career in the 1940 under the tutelage of Lillian Hunt at the Follies Theatre in LA. With fiery red hair to match her temperament Annie rejected the name stage name of “Sunny Day” for the more accurate Tempest Storm, which she made legal (one of the only strippers to legally change their name to their stage name)

Tempest Storm

One of my favorite easy to make at home cocktails, the Dark n Stormy, gets a little added herbal kick with a few dashes of Fernet Branca and a zip of lime transforming it into our spicy and VERY sassy cocktail the Tempest Storm!


2oz Dark Rum, Goslings would be most traditional

3oz Ginger Beer, I use Fever Tree for it’s high quality and natural ingredients

1/4 oz lime juice

3 dashes Fernet Branca

Garnish: Candied Ginger and Lime wheel


Simply add Ginger beer and lime juice into a Collins glass. Fill with ice and pour the Rum slowly on top to get a nice layering effect. Add 3 dashes of Fernet Branca and garnish with candied ginger and a lime wheel and you’re good to go! No mixing or stirring or shaking…could it get any easier?