A Dark and Stormy cocktail is a refreshing drink that’s made with dark rum and ginger beer, with a splash of lime juice. It’s a perfect fall cocktail that pairs great with our Breaded Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts and our Crispy Stuffed Potato Skins .
Published Oct. 10, 2014 and updated Oct. 20, 2019.
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RUM AND GINGER BEER COCKTAIL
The first time I was introduced to a dark and stormy cocktail was over twenty-five years ago in Bermuda.
My husband and I were flying to the island as a tropical storm was approaching, and it was one of the scariest landings of my life.
Needless to say, I was totally up for a stiff drink when we got to the resort.
As luck would have it, the entire long weekend was a wash out, thanks to the weather; however, we did get to sip on this tasty rum cocktail.
Ever since that trip, we think of a dark and stormy whenever the weather is, well, dark and stormy.
And, since fall is here and winter is fast approaching, we wanted to introduce you to this dreary weather cocktail.
WHAT’S THE BEST RUM FOR A DARK AND STORMY COCKTAIL?
From what we have heard, Goslings Black Seal Bermuda Black Rum is traditionally the rum of choice for dark and stormy connoisseurs.
Goslings actually trademarked the name, Dark ‘N’ Stormy. So if you want to be official, use this gluten-free vegan rum.
For a sweeter cocktail, use Myers’ Jamaican Dark Rum.
If you want an extra spicy rum, we suggest Bacardi Spiced Rum (may not be gluten-free, so check).
All of the above brands are vegan.
HOW TO MAKE A DARK ‘N’ STORMY
I’ve played around with the measurements of this rum drink because I don’t like a super strong drink. Feel free to add as much or as little rum as you like.
- Measure out 1 ½ ounces of your favorite rum with a jigger or shot glass and pour it over a glass of ice.
- Pour the ginger beer over the rum
- Squeeze half of a fresh lime in the glass.
- Stir to blend.
- Garnish with lime wheels.
NOTE: IF YOU LIKE A STRONGER DRINK, ADD 2 OUNCES OF RUM.
WHAT’S THE HISTORY OF A DARK ‘N’ STORMY?
It’s actually a pretty innocent story.
Legend has it that The Royal Naval Officer’s Club ran a ginger beer company, and realized that a liberal splash of the local Goslings Black Seal rum made it even better.
One day, sometime after World War 1, a sailor was sipping on the drink and commented that the color reminded him of the color of a cloud that, “only a fool or a dead man would sail under.”
And that my friend, is how the name Dark ‘N’ Stormy came to be.
FYI, Goslings bought the trademark for the name of the cocktail, so it’s been said that if you make this cocktail with any other rum, you’re breaking the law. 😉
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DARK AND STORMY COCKTAIL
- 1 ½ ounce dark rum
- 6 ounce ginger beer
- Juice from half of a lime
- Lime wheels
- Fill a tall glass with ice and measure out the 1 ½ oz (2 oz if you like it strong) of rum with a jigger or shot glass, and pour it into the glass.
- Pour the ginger beer into the glass and squeeze a half of a lime in the cocktail and stir.
- Garnish with lime wheels to make it pretty.
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