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Dark n Stormy

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This classic Dark ‘n Stormy© cocktail recipe blends Gosling’s Black Seal Rum with spicy ginger beer and lime juice over ice in a highball glass. This refreshing and tropical drink goes down easy and is super simple to make!

Looking for more rum drinks? Check out the Tropical Rum Drinks page!

Two tall glasses filled with a bubbly cocktail and a lime wheel with a bottle of goslings dark rum and ginger beer in the background.

Why do they call it Dark and Stormy?

The original Dark ‘n Stormy was created on the island of Bermuda after World War I. British naval officers were brewing up ginger beer to combat sea sickness, then decided to swirl the ginger beer and dark rum together in a cup, a sailor allegedly commented that it looked “the color of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under,” and the name “dark ‘n stormy” was born.

It was created using Goslings Black Seal rum (named for the wax used to seal the bottles) and Barritt’s Ginger Beer, but after the partnership failed and the two companies parted ways, Gosling Brothers created its own ginger beer.

This drink is trademarked by Goslings, so if a bartender, or beverage company ever mixes a drink using a different rum with ginger beer it can’t be called a Dark ‘n Stormy. It is sometimes referred to as Bermuda, Rum Buck, or Safe Harbor.

The Dark ‘n Stormy is the official drink of Bermuda and of the global boating and sailing community.

A tall glass filled with ice and a dark n stormy cocktail with a lime wheel garnish.

What you will need

Ingredients to make Dark N Stormy cocktail recipe.
  • As you read above, you must use Goslings Black Seal Bermuda Black Rum – at least “I must make it that way” to avoid getting sued, you can use whatever dark rum you like in your own home.
  • A spicy, ginger beer like Goslings or Bundaberg from Australia. Contrary to its name, most ginger beers do not contain alcohol so check the label to be sure.
  • A lime was run around the rim of the glass in the original recipe. Most bars in the U.S. add lime juice to their versions, so we will call it optional.
  • Ice – jigger – highball glasses

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How to make a Dark n Stormy

  • Add the ginger beer and lime juice to an ice filled highball glass and float the rum on top.
  • Stir (until it looks like a storm cloud)
  • Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and serve.
Two Dark n Stormy cocktails in tall glasses with a bottle of rum and ginger beer in the background.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Make sure to use a dark rum preferably from the Caribbean. White or gold rum does not have enough flavor to compete with the spiciness of the ginger beer.
  • It is advisable not to use spiced rum in this drink, the ginger beer has its own punch of spice! If you must, cut the amount in half and slowly add more to your liking.
  • Ginger ale is not a suitable substitute, its flavor is too weak.
  • For a darker, stormier cocktail, float the rum on top of the ginger beer without stirring.

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If you like this drink

If you are a fan of ginger flavor I suggest that you also check out these Moscow Mule Recipes. It is pretty much the exact same drink, but with vodka instead of rum, and it’s served in a cool copper mug.

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Enjoy!!

Two tall glasses filled with a bubbly cocktail recipe and a lime wheel with a bottle of goslings dark rum and ginger beer in the background.

Dark ‘n Stormy

This classic Dark ‘n Stormy cocktail recipe blends Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, spicy ginger beer and lime juice over ice in a highball glass.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbbean
Keyword: dark rum drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • ice cubes
  • 6 ounces ginger beer from 4 to 6 ounces depending on your tastes
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice optional
  • 2 ounces Goslings Black Seal Dark Rum
  • garnish with lime wedge or wheel

Instructions

  • Add the ginger beer and lime juice to an ice filled highball glass and float the rum on top.
  • Stir (until it looks like a storm cloud)
  • Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and serve.

Notes

  • Make sure to use a dark rum preferably from the Caribbean. White or gold rum does not have enough flavor to compete with the spiciness of the ginger beer.
  • It is advisable not to use spiced rum in this drink, the ginger beer has its own punch of spice! If you must, cut the amount in half and add more to your liking.
  • Ginger ale is not a suitable substitute, its flavor is too weak.
  • For a darker, stormier cocktail, float the rum on top of the ginger beer without stirring.
  • One bottle of ginger beer will make two drinks.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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