Dark and Stormy

It was a dark and stormy night… and so starts the sailor’s tale, whether it be of vengeful ghosts or monster whales. Thus the aptly named “Dark ‘n’ Stormy” cocktail, a favorite of the sailing set from Bermuda to up and along the coast of the eastern states.

It consists of rum and ginger beer, and maybe, just maybe, a splash of lime. But it can’t be just any old rum. Dark rum is a necessity, and if you want to make the drink true and proper, it must be Gosling’s black rum.

Dark n Stormy

The rum is often served floating on top, mimicking a stormy sky. The first thing any seasoned Dark-n-Stormy drinker will do, however, is stir it up. It is also officially served in a highball glass, though for those of us who love the drink, any glass will do.

Dark n Stormy

If you’ve spent any amount of time with me, you’ll know I’m not much of a drinker. (Cheap date!) But I find it very hard to turn down a Dark n Stormy.

Lobster Cove Annisquam

I had one for the first time several years ago visiting my friends Ann and Nick in Annisquam, Mass, a village outside of Gloucester, right on the water by Lobster cove. This is a drink for breezy days by the ocean, with sailboats and salty air.

Annisquam Lighthouse

Do you like Dark n Stormy’s? If so, with lime juice or without? (I prefer it with.) And do you have a favorite brand of ginger beer to go with it?

Dark and Stormy Recipe

  • Prep time: 1 minute
  • Yield: Makes one drink

The official Dark 'n' Stormy uses only Gosling's black rum. If you don't have Goslings, use a dark rum.



  • 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)


Fill a tall glass (preferably a highball 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.

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  • Amy

    I love Regatta Ginger Beer for my Moscow Mule and Dark & Stormy. If you have it, adding Domaine de Canton’s ginger liqueur makes a “Dark and Stormier”. :)

    Love it, thanks! ~Elise

  • Gail

    Yum! I love ginger beer. I will need to try this one. Any idea where to get that brand of rum in No. Cali? I’ve never heard of it.
    I think I would like it with the lime in it. Lime makes everything taste better.

    Hmm, you might try BevMo. ~Elise

  • Suzy

    I LOVE me a good Dark & Stormy! You should try adding a bit of fresh grated nutmeg…delish

    Great idea, thanks! ~Elise

  • Gina

    I love a dark and stormy from the Doug Fir in PDX- includes lot of lime! The name reminds me of my late grandpa’s favorite way to tease us during bedtime stories “It was a dark and stormy night and the captain said ‘Jack, my boy tell me a story’ and the story went like this…It was a dark and stormy night and the captain said ‘Jack, my boy tell me a story’ and the story went like this…” Repeat until little girls screech “Grandpaaaaaa, stop!”. Make up for it the next day with blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup.

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