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.

Yum

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.

Hello! All photos and content are copyright protected. Please do not use our photos without prior written permission. If you wish to republish this recipe, please rewrite the recipe in your own unique words and link back to the source recipe here on Simply Recipes. Thank you!

Links:

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

The Wikipedia on Dark n Stormy

Dark and Stormy

Showing 4 of 36 Comments

  • 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.

View More Comments / Leave a Comment