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Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

It's easy to see why the Dark and Stormy is the official drink of the Bahamas; when made correctly (no ginger ale, no light rum), the combination of ginger fizz and sweet rum makes for a flavor that refreshes just as much as sitting on a beach watching clear, blue skies.


  • 2 ounces Gosling's Black Seal rum (or it's not really a Dark and Stormy)
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • Lime wedge, for garnish


Combine rum and ginger beer in a highball glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedge, and serve.

Matt Giarratano, the beverage director at Phoenixville, Pa.’s Bluebird Distilling, wanted to remove the endless sun-and-beach associations with his favorite tropical flavors—rum, coconut and pineapple—and added an element of what he calls everyday drinkability. “Introducing dryness through the bitters and ginger beer creates a balance that brings an everyday familiarity to the tropicality of the drink—something of an urban Tiki vibe,” he says. Bourbon, rum and Tiki bitters balance the sweet, and the name is a nod to the Philadelphia suburb where the distillery and cocktail bar are located.

BlackTail, the Lower Manhattan retro Cuban bar from the team behind The Dead Rabbit, is known to modernize classics like the Rum & Coke. For its contemporary riff on the Dark ’n Stormy, bartender Nate Dobson added passion fruit, bitters and a blend of funky Jamaican spirits to the usual ginger and rum base. “This cocktail warms you from the inside out,” he says.

  1. Fill a highball glass with large chunks of ice.
  2. Fill the glass with 4 oz of ginger beer.
  3. Top with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Kraken Dark & Stormy

  1. Add the juice into a highball glass .
  2. Add the ginger beer.
  3. Top with the spiced rum and espresso.
  4. Garnish with a grilled lemon slice.

The Perfect Storm

Zubrowka has a bit of a reputation after it was banned in the US due to its coumarin content, the very same toxic element found in tonka beans. However, to continue marketing it, the makers made a coumarin-free version. The blade of bison grass in the bottle identifies the liqueur at sight. Here, it is mixed with Blackstrap rum made from blackstrap molasses. The combination of the 4 different flavors makes this cocktail a perfect substitute for the classic Dark & Stormy.

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add in the lime juice and Zubrowka.
  3. Top with ginger beer. Stir.
  4. Float the Blackstrap rum on top.

Kraken Perfect Storm

Another cocktail having the name of the perfect storm is made with Kraken rum and extra spicy ginger beer with a hash of lime juice and aromas of mint. This one does not call for layering, instead, this cocktail is stirred.

  1. Fill a double old-fashioned glass with large chunks of ice.
  2. Add the Kraken rum and top with ginger beer syrup mixed with some water.
  3. Squeeze the lime wedges and drop it in.
  4. Spank a sprig of mint leaves and drop it into the glass for garnish.

Stormy Weather

A Dark and Stormy version with Shiraz thrown in? Color me impressed!

  • 1.½ oz dark rum
  • 1 ½ oz Shiraz wine
  • Splash of fiery ginger beer
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • Lime juice
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the lime juice and simple syrup into the glass.
  3. Add the dark rum and Shiraz.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Transfer into the tumbler glass.
  6. Top with ginger beer and some lemon wedge as garnish.

Rhubarb Dark & Stormy

Adding rhubarb bitters to the Dark and Stormy is one way to add character and distinction to this classic cocktail. Using spiced rum with hints of vanilla and nutmeg with notes of orange and raisin makes this version of Dark and Stormy a favorite.

  • 50ml Dead Mans Fingers Rum
  • 5 dashes Rhubarb bitters
  • 2 Lime Wedges
  • Old Jamaica Ginger Beer

  1. Fill a tiki glass ⅔ full of ice.
  2. Add the rhubarb bitters.
  3. Add the ginger beer.
  4. Add more ice and add in the mint leaves.

Pineapple Dark & Stormy

Introduce a new flavor to Dark & Stormy by adding pineapple juice and orange bitters. So easy to make, just pour everything in. No need to stir.

  1. In a lowball glass , add the dark rum, pineapple juice, orange bitters, and ginger beer.
  2. Top with ice.
  3. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel .

Jamaican Dark & Stormy

Add a taste of Jamaica to the classic Dark and Stormy by topping it off with Coruba Rum. It has a strong funky smell that takes some getting used to but it also has a good amount of caramel, apple, and cantaloupe aromas which balances the smell. It cannot be drowned by citrus flavors so it is one way to add depth to a cocktail.

  • 1 ½ oz. Gosling's Black Seal Rum
  • 4 oz. ginger beer
  • Splash of Coruba Jamaican Rum
  • Lime wedge

  1. Pre-chill a highball glass by adding ice to top
  2. When the glass is chilled, about 1 minute, remove the ice and replace with a large chunk of ice.
  3. Add the ginger beer and the Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
  4. Float a splash of Coruba Jamaican Rum.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Harvest Dark & Stormy

This is a great cocktail to serve during Thanksgiving or during harvest festivals, more specifically the applejack harvest festival in Nebraska. And yes, we’re definitely hinting that. Might as well really enjoy your apple harvest.

For the apple ginger puree

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, diced ½ inches
  • 2 tbsps. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ oz dark/aged or spiced rum
  • 1 oz Apple Ginger Puree*
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ oz ginger beer
  • Apple wedge
  1. Make the apple ginger puree.
    1. Measure ingredients into a saucepan.
    2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes, or until apples are very tender.
    3. Remove pan from heat and let cool to room temperature.
    4. Once cooled, pour contents into a blender and blend until smooth.
    5. Store refrigerated for up to 7 days.
    1. Measure the rum, puree, and juice into a mixing glass.
    2. Fill with ice. Cap and shake vigorously.
    3. Pour drink into a highball glass. Top with ginger beer and give a quick stir.
    4. Garnish with the candied ginger and apple slice.

    Spiced Dark & Stormy

    Make your own spiced rum with just one spice you can buy from the grocery store. All it needs is to shake, sit, and strain and your ordinary dark rum become a delicious spiced rum. The mixture of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns, and fennel seeds gives your dark rum a stronger kick that does not have anything to do with alcohol. A definite must-have for any rum lover.

    1. Make the spiced rum.
      1. Add a teaspoon of Chinese 5-spice to a bottle of dark rum.
      2. Shake for a bit.
      3. Let it stand for at least 1 hour.
      4. Strain using a cheesecloth or coffee filter.
      1. Fill a Collins glass with ice.
      2. Add the spiced rum then top with ginger beer.
      3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

      Pineapple Kombucha Light & Stormy

      • 1 tsp fresh ginger strips
      • 2 tbsp pineapple chunks
      • Juice of 1 lime
      • 2 oz dark rum
      • 4 oz ginger lemon kombucha
      • Ice
      1. Add the ginger, pineapple, and lime juice into a highball glass . Muddle.
      2. Fill with glass with large chunks of ice.
      3. Add the dark rum and ginger lemon kombucha and stir.
      4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, lime wedge, and mint sprig.

      Charred & Stormy

      This cocktail gets its shimmery glitter from the Phoenix Tears Rum which for some reason the makers claim to be real tears of a phoenix. Obviously a tongue-in-cheek claim as in similar products of the company - tears from line-caught mermaid (Mermaid Tears Vodka) and tears from humanely raised unicorns (Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur). No harm in some fun, customers claimed this rum is really delicious, even if it's a bit pricey. We bet it barely covers the expense they have to go through just to collect the phoenix tears.

      1. Add a handful of crushed ice into a lowball glass.
      2. Add the rum and ginger beer.
      3. Squeeze a lime wedge.
      4. Stick a cocktail umbrella into a lime wedge and drop the wedge into the drink.
      5. Light the umbrella to evoke the phoenix’s rise from the ashes and give the cocktail a slightly smoky aroma.

      Mount Gay Rum Black & Stormy

      • 1 ½ oz Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
      • 3 oz ginger beer
      • ½ oz lime juice
      • Lime wedge for garnish

      1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
      2. Add the black barrel rum and ginger beer.
      3. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the glass.
      4. Drop in the squeezed lemon wedge.

      Squeal & Stormy

      1. Chill a highball glass.
      2. In a cocktail shaker, add the pineapple juice, organic ginger juice and the black rum.
      3. Add ice and shake.
      4. Remove the ice from the highball glass and replace it with new ice

      Dark & Stormy Death Punch

      For the lychee-cherry eye

      1. Make the brandied cherries
        1. Put the cherries in a bowl and add the brandy, letting all the cherries soak in it.
        2. Cover and let sit on the counter for at least 2 hours. Drain.
        1. Drain the canned lychee. Set aside the lychees.
        2. Make the lychee-ginger syrup by boiling together the heavy syrup and the sliced ginger. Let cool.
        3. Fill the lychee cavity with the brandied cherry.
        4. Arrange the lychee-cherry in a muffin tray.
        5. Fill the muffin tray with just enough lychee-ginger syrup that the upper half of the lychee-cherry is visible.
        6. Freeze for up to 4 hours or until the water is frozen solid.
        1. Mix the sugar and lime juice together until all the sugar is dissolved.
        2. Add the dark rum into the sugar-lime juice mixture.
        3. Arrange the “eyes” in a vintage-looking bowl.
        4. Add the ginger beer into the bowl and the rum-lime juice-sugar mixture.
        5. Serve in a tumbler glass filled with ice.
        6. Garnish with the lychee-cherry “eye”.

        Pineapple Dark & Stormy 2

        • 50ml Black Tears Spiced Rum
        • Juice from ½ lime
        • 1 dash Angostura bitters
        • 25ml pineapple puree
        • 150ml ginger beer
        • ice
        1. In a pineapple-shaped glass or highball glass , pour in the spiced rum.
        2. Cut half of the lime in three wedges.
        3. Squeeze in the glass and drop the squeezed wedges in.
        4. Add a dash of Angostura bitters , pineapple puree and ginger beer.
        5. Add ice to the top.
        6. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a pineapple spear.

        Dark & Stormy Night Halloween Cocktail

        What is Halloween without a Jack-o-Lantern and a pumpkin pie? What is common in these two? Pumpkin! You got it, genius! Let’s introduce this Halloween version of Dark & Stormy by spicing it up with pumpkin pie spice. Savor the flavors and aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger with the addition of this spice.

        1. Dissolve the pumpkin spice in the rum.
        2. Drain using a coffee filter.
        3. Add ice into a double old-fashioned glass.
        4. Fill with ginger beer, leaving enough space for the rum.
        5. Add the rum.
        6. Garnish with Halloween toppers or Halloween lollipops.

        Dark & Stormy Christmas Eve

        1. Add the cinnamon stick into a large beer mug , at least 16 ounces.
        2. Add the spiced rums and top with ginger beer.
        3. Fill the beer mug with ice.

        Citrus Dark & Stormy

        • ½ of an orange
        • ½ of a lime
        • 5 mint leaves
        • 1 tsp sugar
        • 2 oz dark rum
        1. Muddle together the orange, lime, mint leaves, and sugar.
        2. Add the rum. Shake.
        3. Strain into a glass.
        4. Top with ginger beer.
        5. Garnish with a lime wheel and a mint sprig.

        Angostura Dark & Stormy

        • 75ml Angostura rum
        • Juice of ½ lime
        • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
        • Lime wedge for garnish
        • Ice
        1. Fill a double old-fashioned glass with ice.
        2. Add the rum and lime juice.
        3. Top with ginger beer.
        4. Finish off with 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.
        5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

        Ancho-vanilla Dark & Stormy

        Add more spice and aroma to the classic Dark and Stormy by adding Ancho Reyes, a chili-infused liqueur and ginger elixir. The lactic acid is added to add a tangy zesty flavor. Enjoy this adventurous cocktail.

        • 2 oz vanilla rum
        • ½ oz Ancho Reyes liqueur
        • ½ oz lime juice
        • Pinch of lactic acid
        • 3 drops warm ginger elixir
        • Lemon zest
        • Ginger aromatics spritzer

        1. In a mixing glass, add the vanilla rum, liqueur, lime juice, lactic acid and ginger elixir.
        2. Add ice and stir until mixing glass is cold to the touch.
        3. Double strain into a highball glass.
        4. Add more ice.
        5. Garnish with lemon zest and 2 spritzes of ginger aromatics.

        Dark & Stumbly

        If you feel that the Dark & Stormy is a bit tame for your taste, swap the regular ginger beer with the alcoholic ginger beer - Crabbie’s - and prepare to stumble! Drink with caution.

        • Crabbie’s ginger beer
        • 2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
        • Juice from ¼ lime
        • Lime wedge
        1. Fill a beer mug with ginger beer and top off with the rum.
        2. Squeeze a lime wedge and drop the rind in.
        3. Garnish with a lime wedge.


        Keep scrolling for to the recipe card for the full list of ingredient amounts and instructions or click the “Jump to Recipe” button at the top of the page!

        • Dark Rum – This recipe will also be great made with spiced rum or whiskey.
        • Lime – For fresh lime juice and wedges as garnish.
        • Ginger beer – You can use alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

        It’s not typical to mix lime juice into a dark and stormy, but I can’t do without that bright fresh citrus to compliment the ginger. Once you try a sip, I think you’ll agree with me!

        From Punch (

        • 2 ounces black rum, preferably Goslings Black Seal
        • 3/4 ounce sweetened ginger juice (see Editor's Note)
        • 1/2 ounce lime juice
        • 3 ounces soda water
        1. Whip shake first three ingredients with a small handful of crushed ice, until you can no longer hear the ice in the tin.
        2. Open tin and pour in the club soda.
        3. Pour the drink into a chilled Collins glass over an ice spear.
        4. Garnish with candied ginger. Serve with a metal straw.
        Editor's Note

        Sweetened Ginger Juice
        Mix 4 parts freshly juiced ginger (skin on) to 3 parts granulated sugar, until sugar dissolves. Keeps, refrigerated, for up to 2 days.

        Dark and Stormy

        Elise founded Simply Recipes in 2003 and led the site until 2019. She has an MA in Food Research from Stanford University.

        It was a dark and stormy night. and so starts the sailor's tale, whether it be of vengeful ghosts or monster whales. Thus the aptly named "Dark 'n' Stormy" cocktail, a favorite of the sailing set from Bermuda to up and along the coast of the eastern states.

        It consists of rum and ginger beer, and maybe, just maybe, a splash of lime. But it can't be just any old rum. Dark rum is a necessity, and if you want to make the drink true and proper, it must be Gosling's black rum.

        The rum is often served floating on top, mimicking a stormy sky. The first thing any seasoned Dark-n-Stormy drinker will do, however, is stir it up. It is also officially served in a highball glass, though for those of us who love the drink, any glass will do.

        If you've spent any amount of time with me, you'll know I'm not much of a drinker. (Cheap date!) But I find it very hard to turn down a Dark n Stormy.

        I had one for the first time several years ago visiting my friends Ann and Nick in Annisquam, Mass, a village outside of Gloucester, right on the water by Lobster cove. This is a drink for breezy days by the ocean, with sailboats and salty air.

        Do you like Dark n Stormy's? If so, with lime juice or without? (I prefer it with.) And do you have a favorite brand of ginger beer to go with it?


        This gorgeous-looking low-alcohol cocktail is a perfect introduction to the bittersweet charms of Campari and the elegant complexity of sweet vermouth. It’s a close relative of the aperitivo known as the Milano-Torino, which combines equal parts Campari (from Milan) and vermouth (from Turin).

        At some point along the way, soda water was added to the “Mi To,” as it’s known in Italy. Cocktail historians claim this bittersweet, bubbly refresher became known as the Americano when it grew popular among American tourists and ex-pats in Italy during Prohibition. We experimented with various ratios of Campari and vermouth and found that the classic 1-to-1 formula has stood the test of time for an excellent reason.

        The two main players coexist in perfect balance, the more bitter, astringent qualities of the Campari softened by the gently spiced, sweetly herbal notes of the vermouth. The combination is invigorated by the cooling impact of the seltzer and an orange slice. We prefer our homemade Sweet Vermouth in this recipe, but you may substitute store-bought sweet vermouth. For a more potent take on the Americano, try the Negroni, in which gin is substituted for the seltzer—albeit in a smaller quantity!

        1½ ounces Campari
        1½ ounces sweet vermouth
        5 ounces seltzer, chilled
        Orange slice

        Fill chilled collins glass halfway with ice. Add Campari and sweet vermouth and stir to combine using bar spoon. Add seltzer and, using a spoon, gently lift Campari mixture from the bottom of the glass to top to combine. Top with additional ice and garnish with an orange slice. Serve.

        The Food Network Recipes AMERICANO

        How to Prepare it – Recipe

        As explained above, if you want to stick to the original recipe for this cocktail, you’ll need to get your hands on some Gosling Black Seal, as well as some genuine ginger beer. Ginger ale can be used, but doesn’t provide the same effect, and, of course, there are no restrictions on experimenting with other dark rums in the comfort of your own home. This drink is traditionally served in a highball glass, and the recipe below will fill one glass.


        • 2 oz (60ml) of dark rum
        • 3.5 oz (100ml) of ginger beer
        • Ice cubes
        • Lime to garnish


        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

        Here’s What You Need For This Sugar Free Dark and Stormy Cocktail:

        • Ice
        • Lime juice (fresh)
        • Spiced rum or dark rum of choice (we opted for Captain Morgan spiced rum)
        • Dark rum of choice (we option for Bacardi 8 year reserve) (optional)
        • Ginger beer of choice (we used Diet Goslings)

        Recipe Notes:

        The recipe provided for this Sugar Free Dark and Stormy Cocktail is for 2 servings, and is made in a cocktail shaker. In the original making of this recipe, the cocktail is not shaken in a cocktail shaker. You can simply pour it into your glass and stir if you want, but we love to mingle all the ingredients together. Again, optional. In addition, angostura bitters are not traditionally used. Feel free to leave them out if you want, but again, we like them! Dark and Stormy purists would probably crucify us for the way we make these.

        Mixers: For this drink you want to use ginger beer, not ginger ale. If you aren’t concerned with carbs, feel free to use any ginger beer you want. To make this low carb, simply swap regular ginger beer for a low carb version like Diet Goslings. We think it tastes delicious!

        Liquor: For this drink you want to use a spiced rum of your choice if you can get your hands on it. We don’t like using all spiced rum, so we mix spiced rum with dark rum. If you don’t have spiced rum, dark rum will do.


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        Let’s Make It!

        The recipe provided makes 2 servings, so we found it easier to make this drink in a cocktail shaker. You could certainly make them by the glass too, like the classic dark and stormy cocktails are made. Add in your rum to an ice filled cocktail shaker.

          Using a heavy duty citrus squeezer, squeeze in the juice of a whole lime. Add in a dash of bitters.

          Shake well, and strain into ice filled rocks or low ball glasses.

          Fill glasses with ginger beer.

          Garnish with lime wedges, and enjoy responsibly!

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