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.

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. 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.


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 highball glass with ice. If using lime, squeeze a slice over the ice. Add the Gosling's rum. Add the ginger beer and place a slice of lime on the rim of the glass for a garnish.

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


    I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. The cocktail-istas have modified this classic take…and the results are delicious. I would suggest equal measures to your recipe, subbing out Kraken Black Spiced Rum and Barritt’s Ginger Beer.

    Hi Charlie! Thanks for the suggestion! ~Elise

  • 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

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