Dark and Stormy Cocktail Drink

Dark and Stormy

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Andrea Ottaiano

This Dark and Stormy recipe is easy to make and has all the right ingredients. The drink delivers a balanced blend of flavors that’s sure to please.

Dark and Stormy Recipe

Elevate your evening with this straightforward Dark and Stormy recipe! Crafted with dark rum, ginger beer, and a splash of lime juice, this tasty cocktail is your ticket to a lively night.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

163 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze in ½ oz fresh lime juice over the ice.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Measure and pour 3 oz ginger beer into the glass.
  • Gently pour the Rum: Pour 2 oz Dark Rum into the highball glass.
  • Garnish: Squeeze and place a lime wedge into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: Spiced rum can work as a decent substitute if you're out of dark rum. I've tried it, and it adds a unique twist to the drink. You could also use bourbon for a different but enjoyable flavor profile.
  • Ginger Beer: If you don't have ginger beer, ginger ale can work, but it's less spicy. I sometimes add a pinch of ground ginger to make up for it.
  • Lime Juice: Lemon juice can work in a pinch if you're out of limes. It changes the character slightly but still adds the needed acidity.

Making a Pitcher of Dark and Stormy:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of dark rum, 24 oz of ginger beer, and 4 oz of lime juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dark rum, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic dark rum substitute available in the market.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Ginger Beer: Ensure the ginger beer you're using is vegan. Some brands use honey or other animal-derived ingredients.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is naturally vegan, so no worries.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
163
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
7
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Potassium
 
19
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
7
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Dark and Stormy Cocktail Drink

Dark and Stormy Recipe

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Elevate your evening with this straightforward Dark and Stormy recipe! Crafted with dark rum, ginger beer, and a splash of lime juice, this tasty cocktail is your ticket to a lively night.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 163

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Lime Juice: Squeeze in ½ oz fresh lime juice over the ice.
  • Add Ginger Beer: Measure and pour 3 oz ginger beer into the glass.
  • Gently pour the Rum: Pour 2 oz Dark Rum into the highball glass.
  • Garnish: Squeeze and place a lime wedge into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: Spiced rum can work as a decent substitute if you're out of dark rum. I've tried it, and it adds a unique twist to the drink. You could also use bourbon for a different but enjoyable flavor profile.
  • Ginger Beer: If you don't have ginger beer, ginger ale can work, but it's less spicy. I sometimes add a pinch of ground ginger to make up for it.
  • Lime Juice: Lemon juice can work in a pinch if you're out of limes. It changes the character slightly but still adds the needed acidity.

Making a Pitcher of Dark and Stormy:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of dark rum, 24 oz of ginger beer, and 4 oz of lime juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dark rum, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic dark rum substitute available in the market.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Ginger Beer: Ensure the ginger beer you're using is vegan. Some brands use honey or other animal-derived ingredients.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice is naturally vegan, so no worries.

What is a Dark and Stormy Cocktail?

A Dark and Stormy is a cocktail that combines dark rum, ginger beer, and a splash of lime juice. It’s a drink that’s gained popularity for its straightforward yet satisfying flavor profile. While the name might suggest complexity, you don’t need to be a cocktail expert to appreciate this kind of cocktail. It holds the distinction of being officially recognized by the International Bartenders Association (IBA). 

A side shot of a Dark and Stormy cocktail in a highball glass on a table, and plant leaves on the side.

What is a Dark and Stormy made of – The ingredients

To mix up a Dark and Stormy, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • Dark Rum: Provides the rich, deep base of the cocktail.
  • Ginger Beer: Adds spiciness and effervescence to lift the drink.
  • Lime Juice: Offers a touch of acidity to balance the flavors.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the ingredients to make the drink refreshing.
  • Lime Wedge: Serves as an optional garnish, enhancing visual appeal.

Dark rum, ginger beer and lime juice laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Dark and Stormy?

Our detailed guide walks you through the steps for making a Dark and Stormy:

1
<p>Fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the cocktail.</p>

Fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the cocktail.

2
<p>Squeeze in ½ oz of fresh lime juice to add acidity.</p>

Squeeze in ½ oz of fresh lime juice to add acidity.

3
<p>Measure and add 3 oz of ginger beer into the glass to introduce spiciness and effervescence.</p>

Measure and add 3 oz of ginger beer into the glass to introduce spiciness and effervescence.

4
<p>Pour 2 oz of dark rum over the ice to establish the drink’s foundation.</p>

Pour 2 oz of dark rum over the ice to establish the drink’s foundation.

5
<p>Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass as an optional garnish to enhance the drink’s visual appeal.</p>

Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass as an optional garnish to enhance the drink’s visual appeal.

Best Rum for Dark and Stormy: Kraken vs. Gosling’s Black Seal

When choosing the best rum for a Dark and Stormy, the battle often boils down to Kraken versus Gosling’s Black Seal. Kraken offers a spiced kick, with notes of vanilla and exotic spices that can add a unique twist to your drink. On the other hand, Gosling’s Black Seal is the traditional choice, rich in molasses flavor and perfectly balanced for this specific cocktail. Both have their merits, but Gosling’s is the way to go if you’re aiming for authenticity. The rum made the drink famous, and its full-bodied flavor makes it a standout in this classic mix.

Other rum for Dark And Stormy

Plenty of other rums fit the bill for a Dark & Stormy. Mount Gay Black Barrel offers a smoky, peppery kick that adds complexity without overwhelming the drink. Appleton Estate’s Signature Blend brings a different angle with its fruity, nutty notes. Then there’s Bacardi Black, a more accessible option that still packs a punch with its robust flavor. Each of these rums brings something unique, but for a well-rounded experience, give Mount Gay Black Barrel a try. Its nuanced flavor profile makes it a versatile choice that pairs exceptionally well with ginger beer and lime.

A side shot of a Dark and Stormy cocktail in a highball glass with a bar spoon on the side on a table, and a shaker, a jigger and some half limes on the background

Variations

Eager to try different variations? Here are some of our most loved alternatives.

  • Tropical Storm: This mix takes you straight to the tropics. Pineapple juice and coconut rum combine for a sweet, exotic flavor, while mango nectar adds an extra fruity touch. I love how these tropical flavors blend with the spicy ginger, creating a refreshing and lively taste. It’s like enjoying a sunny beach day in a glass.
  • Stormy Night: This unique concoction brings in coffee liqueur, adding depth and richness. The strong flavor of the coffee complements the caramel notes of dark rum, making a sophisticated and rich taste. I really enjoy the warm coffee mixed with the classic ginger spice, perfect for a cozy evening.
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost: This bold choice uses blackstrap rum for its deep molasses flavor, adding an adventurous twist. The rum’s richness makes the taste strong and memorable. Named after the legendary pirate, it’s a great pick for those looking for a powerful and exciting flavor experience.

History and Origin

The Dark and Stormy traces its origins to Bermuda, the birthplace of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, a key ingredient in the classic recipe. The Gosling family began producing this dark rum in the early 19th century. Around the same time, British sailors, who had a tradition of making ginger beer to combat seasickness, started mixing the rum with their homemade ginger beer. The combination proved popular, and the drink quickly gained traction among locals and visitors.

The name allegedly comes from a sailor who remarked that the drink’s murky hue resembled the color of a cloud that “only a fool or a dead man” would sail under. Gosling’s eventually trademarked the name in the 1970s, specifying that any drink called “Dark and Stormy” must use Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.

A side shot of a Dark and Stormy cocktail in a highball glass on a table, and plant leaves on the side.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Dark 'n Stormy?
It typically has around 160-200 calories, depending on the brands of ingredients used.
How strong is a Dark and Stormy?
The strength varies based on the rum used, but generally, it's around 20-25% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) or 40-50 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Dark and Stormy?
Dark rum serves as the primary alcohol.
In which glass is a Dark & Stormy typically served?
The drink is usually served in a highball glass.
What does a Dark 'n Stormy taste like?
It has a balanced flavor profile with the richness of dark rum, the spiciness of ginger beer, and a touch of acidity from lime juice.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Dark and Stormy?
The typical ratio is 2 oz of dark rum, 3 oz of ginger beer, and 1/2 oz of lime juice.
How is it served in terms of ice and temperature?
It's served over ice and should be consumed immediately for the best experience.
Is Dark and Stormy Bermuda's national drink?
While not officially declared, it is widely considered Bermuda's unofficial national drink.
Is a Dark and Stormy similar to a Moscow Mule?
Both drinks use ginger beer and lime, but a Moscow Mule uses vodka instead of rum.
Is it a complicated drink to make?
No, it's pretty straightforward and doesn't require any special techniques.

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