Dark ‘n’ Stormy

Posted by: on Aug 28, 2011 | No Comments

Lazy days call for lazy drinks. The Dark ‘n’ Stormy is refreshing with a spicy kick, and having just two ingredients makes it a sure bet for carefree late-summer porch sipping.

Dark and Stormy

A national drink of Bermuda, the Dark ‘n’ Stormy name and recipe are trademarked by island rum manufacturer Gosling’s. As with many things alcoholic, the history on this one is a bit fuzzy. According to Gosling’s recount, the drink was invented more than 100 years ago when members of Bermuda’s Royal Naval Officer’s Club added a splash of local rum to their homemade ginger beer. They described its ominous hue as “the color of a cloud only a fool or dead man would sail under.”

Flor de Caña rum, Ginger beer, Lime

We’ve deviated from Gosling’s strict trademark-enforced recipe, owing to the 12 year old Flor de Caña Nicaraguan rum we had on the shelf. No matter your choice of brand, stick to a good dark rum and pair it with the spiciest ginger beer you can find. The splash of lime is optional, but I find it really brightens the storm.


  • 2 oz dark rum (typically Gosling’s)
  • 3 oz ginger beer (look for one that’s more spicy than sweet — ginger ale just won’t do here.)
  • Lime wedge (optional)


Add ginger beer to an ice-filled collins glass. Gently float the rum on top to create a layered effect. Serve with a lime wedge on the side.

Photos: Fernando Vargas