Dark 'n Stormy Cocktail

Dark 'n Stormy cocktail with ice cubes and lime wedges

The Spruce Eats / Madhumita Sathishkumar

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
195 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 195
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 19mg 97%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 70mg 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.)

The dark 'n stormy is a popular drink from the Caribbean. It's easy to mix up and just as refreshing as any fruity rum drink. If you are a fan of the Moscow mule, then you need to give this cocktail a try.

All that's needed to make a great dark 'n stormy is a dark rum with tons of funky flavor and a nice ginger beer. Bermuda's own Gosling's Black Seal Rum and Barritt's Ginger Beer are the original brands of choice, though there are many viable substitutes for each that create an equally tasty drink. Some bartenders add lime juice as well, but it really isn't needed. In fact, if you want this drink in its true Bermudan style, skip the citrus.

"Much like the well-known “Cubra Libre,” the Dark’n’Stormy is a refreshing sessionable libation that is satisfying and fool-proof to make. This recipe is iconic and flexible. Adding a dash of simple and a squeeze of lime will ensure you always have a bottle of this cocktail’s most familiar base." —Sean Johnson

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  • 2 ounces dark rum

  • 3 ounces ginger beer

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, optional

  • Lime wedge, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    ingredients for Dark 'n Stormy cocktail recipe gathered

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  2. Build the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice cubes, adding the lime juice if using.

    Rum being poured into a flute glass filled with ice cubes

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  3. Garnish with the lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

    Lime wedge being added to the Dark 'n stormy cocktail

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  • Make sure you are using a dark rum for this recipe. One that is rich and flavorful and preferably from the Caribbean will be best. You want to give this cocktail some oomph, and white rum (even a golden aged rum) will simply not create the same background notes.
  • Do not use a spiced rum in a dark 'n stormy. The ginger beer already has the spice profile covered, and there is no need to repeat it. In fact, it produces a pretty bad drink.

Recipe Variation

What Is the History of the Dark 'n Stormy?

There are a few versions of how this cocktail came about, but there is one story that seems the most likely. A member of the Gosling family, that was known for making spirits, was sailing from England to Virginia in 1806, but due to a lack of wind, he ended up docking his ship in Bermuda instead. There, he continued his family's tradition and developed Gosling's rum. Several years later, British naval officers created ginger beer as a way to ease seasickness and mixed the beverage with Gosling's rum. It is said that a sailor commented the drink looked like “the color of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under,” and the name "dark 'n stormy" was born. At one point, Gosling's trademarked the dark 'n stormy, which means, legally, it should only be made with their rum.

Barritt's is (according to the brand) "Bermuda's Favourite Soft Drink" and is the choice for an authentic dark 'n stormy. It is interesting to note that in Gosling's official recipe (complete with the trademark symbol), they use their own ginger beer called Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer. There is no mention of Barritt's.

How Strong Is the Dark 'n Stormy?

If you were to mix a dark 'n stormy as prescribed with Gosling's and Barritt's and no lime juice, then it is a relatively mild mixed drink. Gosling's may be dark, but it is still just 80 proof, so the finished drink weighs in right around 15 percent ABV (30 proof).