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Twelve Cocktails of Christmas: A “Dark and Stormy” with Christopher Griffiths

Twelve Cocktails of Christmas: A “Dark and Stormy” with Christopher Griffiths

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

The year after my parents divorced, I asked for a guitar. When I came downstairs there was a Harmony Strat wrapped under the tree with a small 15 watt amp. I plugged it in and I was terrible! But 5 hours later, I had some blues and “Smoke on the Water” memorized.  After a little while, my mom politely asked me to open the rest of my presents. It kind of consumed my day. 

What’s your idea of a good Christmas Dinner?

Well, any home cooked meal, because I’m usually playing on Christmas. I always intend to take the day off, but sometimes people have no where to go and a downtown Nashville band is the only family they get.   Roast beef is a personal favorite. I make it in the oven with just olive oil, salt, pepper, and charbroil seasoning.

Do you have a favorite Christmas album?

“Very Special Christmas vol 1,” The E Street Band’s “Merry Christmas Baby,” and “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC. I jam it every year on cassette.

Do you have any favorite traditions or favorite movies for the holiday season?

“Scrooged” with Bill Murray. That movie is hysterical and I find myself quoting Buster Poindexters, Ghost of Christmas Past year around. “Niagara Falls, Frankie Angel.”

Whats been your favorite album of 2016?

Butch Walker’s “Stay Gold” album.  Butch tops my list every year. I’m kind of obsessed.  Also, I found an old Robert Palmer album called “Drive” that is straight blues and island gold. A must listen.

What are your hopes for 2017? Any exciting plans?

My band has a new album coming out that I wrote and produced on. It’s exciting, there’s a lot of different stuff. It is my first time playing Dobro. I’m also working on some solo material.  Hopefully a album in the fall depending on timing. I stay pretty busy touring.

The holiday season brings the best parties and time together with friends and family. What is your signature Christmas Cocktail recipe that you will be serving?

For Christmas parties I do Dark ‘n’ Stormies. There was a bar in Boston named Grendel’s that used to make them.  My friend Dave Deitch and I used to get them and talk over college and band drama. They are pretty easy to make. You pour dark rum into a glass of ice and ginger ale or ginger beer. I like to use Vernors and Gosling’s Dark Rum.  It makes a black cloud in the ginger ale which is how it gets it name. It’s easy and yummy and after a couple all the neighbors will be able to hear the first verse of “Christmas in Hollis ” as loud as I can rap it.


Dark and Stormy Recipe

Prep time: 1 minute     Yield: Makes one drink


  • Ice
  • 1/4 lime, cut into two thick slices, one for garnish, one to squeeze over the ice (optional)
  • 2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Bermuda black rum
  • 4 ounces ginger beer (Gosling’s makes one just for this purpose) but I like to use Vernors


Fill a tall glass with ice. If using lime, squeeze a slice over the ice. Add the ginger beer. Top the ginger beer with the rum (for effect) and place a slice of lime on the rim of the glass for a garnish.

Photo by: W Hauser

Photo by: W Hauser

About Christopher Griffiths:
Awarding winning writer, bassist, artist, and producer Christopher Griffiths tours on average 260 dates a year with the four time voted “Best Band in Nashville,” Anthony Orio & the Goodfellers. He has written or performed with acts such as Natalie Stovall, Crystal Shawanda, Jared Blake, Jared Ashley, Ashlynn Vince, Frankie Ballard, Cale Dodds, and Ashton Shepherd to name a few. He’s currently working on the next Anthony Orio album and a solo album of Americana music. You can follow him on social media:


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