Dark and Stormy


Dark n Stormy cocktail with Goslings black rum, ginger beer, and lime.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. [email protected]

    Love it with cock n bull diet ginger beer ( which tastes exactly like the original) and goslings black rum. Sometimes I’ll use captain morgans to add more spice -with that I use a lime – my favorite drink ever. Glad that it’s become popular as it used to be hard to get at a bar.

  2. Veronica

    I had this when we visited Jamaica The Appleton rum factory it had anistura bitters in it absolutely delicious drink mmmmm I’ve since made it at home I’ve not tried it with lime yet x

  3. Kathleen

    Usually use Cock and Bull ginger beer…the original for Moscow Mule…plus no high fructose corn syrup.

  4. Joe Parks

    The only thing missing, in my opinion, is a dash of bitters in the ginger beer before you float the rum.

  5. Lisa

    I made these tonight for a friend’s Oscar party and they were a huge hit! I used Cock ‘n Bull Ginger Beer because it is a favorite of ours but I am sure it would be good with an unfiltered ginger beer as well. Thank you Elise for the great recipe!


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