“It was a Dark and Stormy night…” words inspire thoughts of horror films, Snoopy and best of all, the Dark n Stormy Drink Recipe… This combination of Ginger Beer and Dark Rum just works! It’s strong and flavorful with a hint of lime that gives it a spark of freshness, perfect to cool you off on a hot day… yet according to a World War 1 sailor a Dark and Stormy is the “colour of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under.”
This is a drink I make at home quite frequently. It’s similar to a Moscow Mule… but Dark Rum takes the place of Vodka, and shifts the flavor to a different place. It’s got a deeper taste. Unlike many Tiki drinks, we aren’t dealing with sweet syrups or fruity flavors, the Dark and Stormy fills your mouth with a punch of ginger and then a mysterious darkness. Keep the ingredients on hand, and you can go “Tiki” without a huge fuss or blender.
Dark and Stormy Cocktail History
A Dark n Stormy Cocktail is found on the menus of most Tiki Bars. The recipe goes back to the late 1800’s, when the Gosling family in Bermuda started playing around with darker rums and came up with the dark, full-bodied Gosling’s Black Seal. Around that same time, the British Royal Navy began serving their sailors Ginger beer, most likely because ginger helps calm sea sickness. It didn’t take much time for the two to come together, along with some of the ubiquitous lime, and you have the ultimate sailor’s drink…. Lime to prevent scurvy, ginger to keep your tummy calm, and rum to help you forget you are at sea…
Dark n Stormy Drink Recipe
Traditionally, a Dark and Stormy is made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Supposedly, other dark rums will work… but I wouldn’t bother. We keep a bottle (or two) of Gosling’s on hand all the time, just for this drink. It’s not the most expensive, and it’s not difficult to find. While I’m not crazy about it straight, I’ve yet to find a better rum for a Dark and Stormy.
As for Ginger Beer? Use real Ginger BEER, not Ginger Ale. It’s not the same thing.
2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
1/2 ounce Lime Juice
6 ounces Ginger Beer
Fill a Tiki Glass (Highball) with ice. Add the Rum and Lime Juice.
Top with Ginger Beer.