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Dark and Stormy

dark n stormy cocktail with goslings rum, ginger beer, and lime in background

The Dark and Stormy is not your average cocktail; it’s a fascinating combination of spicy ginger beer and velvety dark rum. This beverage is not merely a delectable treat for your taste buds; rather, it is an experience that brings together a singular combination of flavors that will have you going back for more. If you believe me, after you’ve had a taste of it, you’ll finally comprehend why it’s such a remarkable option.

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Tasting Notes

The Dark and Stormy cocktail strikes the ideal mix of sweet and spicy flavors, with a hint of acidity to round it out. The ginger beer contributes a vibrant and spicy kick, while the black rum imparts a sweetness that is deep and reminiscent of sugarcane. The result of this mixture is a flavor profile that is not only smooth but also energetic, and it is complex while still being refreshing. The lime juice, which is an essential component of this mixture, provides a sharp acidity that cuts through everything and brings everything together to create a cocktail that is genuinely harmonic.

Equipment and Glassware

A Dark and Stormy, a drink with dark rum, ginger beer, and a lime wedge, requires the following equipment and glassware:


  • 2 oz., 60ml of dark rum
  • 3.5 oz., 100ml of ginger beer
  • Lime to garnish
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  1. Fill your highball glass with ice 
  2. Pour over the ginger beer 
  3. Then add the rum to top the drink off 
  4. Finish your drink with a lime wedge on the side of the glass, and enjoy

Pro Tips

  • Pouring the rum slowly over the back of a spoon will provide a wonderful visual effect. This will allow you to get the traditional layered appearance.
  • Making use of ginger beer of superior grade has a significant effect. You should go for one that has a robust ginger flavor so that it can compete with the rum.
  • If you want to keep your drink at a temperature that is even cooler, place your glass in the freezer for a few minutes before you make it.

When to Serve

There is a great deal of versatility in the Dark and Stormy. Due to the spicy ginger flavor that it has, it is ideal for both cooling down on a hot summer day and warming up throughout the colder months of the year. Put it on the table at your next get-together, during your next happy hour, or whenever you are in the mood for something that is truly one of a kind.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

Consider using a dark rum that has a lot of taste if you want to make the best Dark and Stormy. Among the rums that I personally recommend are Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, which is the classic option, and Myers’ Original Dark Rum, which is known for its rich molasses flavors. In terms of ginger beer, Fever-Tree and Bundaberg are well-known for their high levels of sweetness and spice.

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Similar Cocktails

  • Moscow Mule: Swap the rum for vodka and you’ve got another ginger beer classic.
  • Bermuda Rum Swizzle: A fruity rum punch that’s just as refreshing.
  • Mai Tai: A tropical rum cocktail with lime, almond, and orange flavors.
  • Ginger Beer Shandy: A lighter, beer-based option with a ginger twist.
  • Cuba Libre: Simple but timeless, with rum, cola, and a dash of lime.


Bermuda, the place where the spicy ginger beer and black rum first came together, is the origin of the Dark and Stormy. According to legend, the beverage acquired its name from a sailor who made the observation that it had the “color of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under,” which is a reference to the stormy aspect of the beverage. This cocktail is more than simply a piece of alcoholic beverage; it is a piece of maritime history.

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dark n stormy cocktail with goslings rum, ginger beer, and lime in background

Dark and Stormy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.8 from 4 votes
Course: Rum
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dark and stormy, dark rum, ginger beer, Rum
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Try the standard Dark and Stormy, the perfect blend of spicy ginger beer, lime twist, and rich dark rum. audacious and stimulating.


  • Fill your highball glass with ice 
  • Pour over the ginger beer 
  • Then add the rum to top the drink off 
  • Finish your drink with a lime wedge on the side of the glass, and enjoy


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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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