Dark ‘n Stormy Mocktail

Dark 'n Stormy Mocktail

The Spruce Eats / Anthony Baker

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
891 Calories
0g Fat
231g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 891
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 231g 84%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 229g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 45mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Here’s a great recipe for those who enjoy having a nice gingery cocktail, but would like to cut back on the alcohol.  This nonalcoholic Dark ‘n Stormy is not only just as refreshing as the original, it also maintains its classic rum flavor, as well as its lovely “layered” feature.

Actually, the Dark ‘n Stormy got its name because of the combination of the dark (as in “dark rum”) layered on top of the stormy (the spicy “ginger beer”). People loved this combination because it was very similar to the Moscow Mule, with its refreshing, gingery-rum flavors. 

Maybe you've been celebrating a lot lately want to take a break from alcohol, but still want to enjoy a nicely crafted drink: Hence, the non-alcoholic Dark ‘n Stormy.  And while most recipes keep it simple with just ginger beer & rum, I thought I’d add some rich simple syrup (a simple syrup with a 2:1 sugar-to-water ratio) and lime juice to the mix to spruce it up a bit.  So try it out, and I hope you enjoy it...cheers!


For the rich simple syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

For the Dark 'n Stormy Mocktail

  • 1/2 ounce rich simple syrup (2:1)

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 2 ounces ginger beer, preferably Fevertree

  • 2 ounces Lyre's Dark Cane Syrup

Steps to Make It

Make the rich simple syrup

  1. Combine both ingredients into a small pot and set over medium heat. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved.

  2. Pour into a container and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Use right away, or store in a sealed container for up to two weeks.

Mix the Dark 'n Stormy

  1. Combine rich simple syrup, lime juice, and ginger beer into a tall collins glass. Stir and mix together for 10 seconds.

  2. Fill glass with ice and top with Lyre's nonalcoholic Dark Cane Spirit. Garnish with a skeleton leaf or lime wedge.

Recipe Tips

  • If you’re going to make the “alcoholic” version, use just 0.25 ounces of the rich simple syrup, and top with Myer’s Dark Rum.
  • Any ginger beer is great for this recipe, but Fevertree is not as spicy or as sweet as most.
  • The skeleton leaf can be found on Amazon; just search for “skeleton leaf.”
  • Although this drink is served as a layered drink, you must serve it with a straw to mix everything together.

Recipe Variation

Swap out the ginger beer for Fevertree Cola to make a nonalcoholic Cuba Libré.

What is rich simple syrup?

Rich simple syrup is just like simple syrup, but it’s twice as sweet because of its 2:1 sugar-to-water ratio.  This is a syrup I use whenever I want to amplify the flavors more in a drink.  I use it in this Dark ‘n Stormy mocktail because the non-alcoholic spirit has less sweetness than normal rum, so I had to make up for it with this richer syrup.