How to Make a Dark and Stormy

How to Make a Dark and Stormy

This easy Dark and Stormy cocktail recipe will bring you straight to the Caribbean waters with one sip. A little rum, ginger beer and lime are all it takes.

Dark and Stormy

The key here is using a dark rum and a great ginger beer. As always, it’s worth the effort to get the best ingredients. I love lime, but you can leave it out of you want, making this an even easier cocktail to make.

Where was the Dark and Stormy born

Invented on the island of Bermuda in 1806 by a member of the Gosling family, as the story goes, the recipe for the Dark and Stormy cocktail was born.

A Mr. Gosling went sailing to Virginia from England, but ended up in Bermuda. He created Gosling’s Rum. Some Brits invented ginger beer and they put it together with the rum.

One of these sailer’s thought his glass looked like “the color of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under.”  Some one took that and called it the Dark ‘N Stormy.

Although technically trademarked by Goslings Rum, a Dark ‘N Stormy is made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum and Gosling’s Stormy ginger beer, but this fan favorite has been reinvented in all ports of call far and wide.


What is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

If you are making the true Dark N Stormy, then you need Gosling’s Black Seal rum. Don’t ask how it’s made because the recipe is a family secret that has been passed down and is on a need to know basis!

The word “black” in the name also gives you no clues as it was named after the black sealing wax with which the cork was covered. The liquid has that blend of caramel and vanilla that we love in rum.

What is Ginger Beer

Let’s dispel some myths – ginger beer is not beer, ginger beer is not alcoholic, ginger beer is not ginger ale. Not as common in the USA as it is in the UK, Ginger Beer is sparkling water flavored with ginger, a lot of ginger, so much ginger that it makes your nose crinkle. I love Fever-Tree.

How to make the Dark ‘N Stormy

You need to start with the following ingredients to make the Dark ‘N Stormy:

  • Dark Rum
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime (optional)
  • Ice
  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon
  • Highball Glass

Again, use a dark rum as it adds a depth of flavor that you just can’t get with a white rum. Of course, you can try any rum you want and find out what you like. A spiced tum might be a bit too much, but hey, if you like it then try it!

Looking for more rum cocktail recipes? Try one of the following tasty cocktails:


Find a whole slew of rum cocktail recipes HERE!

Here is the recipe!

Dark and Stormy

Dark and Stormy

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes


  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 3 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice and then add the dark rum.
  2. Top with ginger beer and lime juice
  3. Stir well
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge

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