Dark 'N' Stormy

glass of a dark and stormy cocktail with a paper straw and a lime sitting on a stone surface with a marbled blue background
Photographer: Joel Goldberg ; Food Styling: Micah Morton

Rich, slightly sweet, and perfectly balanced with a splash of zingy fresh lime juice, a classic Dark ‘N' Stormy goes down very easy. As the story of its invention goes, the oldest son of a spirit merchant crashed his ship into the coral reefs surrounding Bermuda in the early 19th century. He stayed and continued his family’s spirit business on the island, eventually creating their Black Seal rum (so named for the black wax they used to seal the bottles) by the mid 1800s. Bermuda was already a massive producer of British ginger beer, and it didn’t take long for someone to discover how good the blend of the two was. Thus, the Dark ‘N’ Stormy was born!

The flavor combination was so good in fact that Goslings (who were by then also producing their own ginger beer) trademarked the drink in 1991. Officially, to be able to legally call your drink a Dark ‘N' Stormy, you must use Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Unofficially, the name “Dark ‘N’ Stormy” was coined by someone remarking that it was the color of a sky only a fool or a dead man would sail under. So as long as you’re hitting that particular shade, we think using your favorite dark rum will work just fine! 

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Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 0 hours 2 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 4 mins


2 oz.

Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, or other dark rum

3 oz.

ginger beer

Squeeze of fresh lime juice, to taste 

Lime wheel, for garnish

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice, then add rum and ginger beer. Add fresh lime juice to taste. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.

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Photographer: Joel Goldberg ; Food Styling: Micah Morton

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