Dark and Stormy

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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

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  • 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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Method

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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Links:

The Right Stuff (by Law) - All about the Dark and Stormy in the New York Times

The Wikipedia on Dark n Stormy

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  • Tom

    While the variations are fun and interesting, I found this interesting article about what can or cannot be called a Dark & Stormy and how it can be made. I had the pleasure of attending an event where Malcolm Gosling spoke about the history of the drink and the proper way to make it (Ginger beer first, rum floated on top, over ice). http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/fashion/05shaken.html?_r=0

  • Melissa Hansen

    I first had this drink n Vancouver, B.C. where it is made with lots of lime juice. I make it with lots of rum, cock & bull ginger beer (my favorite for over 40 years (and I’ve tried many brands) and 1-2 oz lime juice.

  • Lynn

    No lime and it’s gotta be Barritt’s Ginger Beer from a true Bermudian!

  • Michael

    Try it with Old New Orleans Spiced Rum and Ginger Beer.

  • Brandon Wilson

    I just had my first Dark & Stormy a week ago in Savannah at the Crystal Beer Palace. Wow! Great drink. I love the balance of the drink. I know they used Goslings Rum but not sure about the ginger beer. The bartender suggested I try a version with Wild Turkey in place of the rum but I didn’t care for that one.

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