Dark 'n Stormy Cocktail

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
200 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 1g
Calcium 47mg 4%
*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 and 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 and 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 Bermudian style, skip the citrus.


  • 2 ounces dark rum (Gosling's Black Seal)
  • 3 ounces ginger beer (Barritt's)
  • Optional: 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Dark and Stormy Cocktail Ingredients
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  2. Build the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice cubes, adding the lime juice if using.

    Pouring lime juice into rum
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  3. Garnish with the lime wedge.

    Dark and Stormy Cocktail with lime wedge
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  4. Serve and enjoy.


  • 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 a white rum (even a golden aged rum) will simply not create the same background notes.
  • Do not use a spiced rum in a dark and 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?

The history of the dark and stormy is a little hazy, which is not unusual with famous cocktails. Like the navy grog, it does have something to do with the rum rations of the British Royal Navy during the 1800s. The sailors were given some of the blackest Caribbean rums available, and when Gosling's began marketing their version around 1860, it became one of the favorites. The Royal Navy also began producing their own ginger beer around this time and, as David Wondrich puts it on Esquire, "The swabbies, given a choice between Demon rum and temperance beverage, said, 'Fanx, gov, we'll take both.'" Legend has it that one of the sailors named it "dark 'n stormy" since the mixture looked like the color of storm clouds.

At one point, Gosling's trademarked the dark 'n stormy, which means, legally, it should only be made with their rum. The rum producer even filed a lawsuit against Malibu Rum in 2015 for an "unauthorized" cocktail that was a play on the original recipe.

Barritt's is (according to the brand) "Bermuda's Favourite Soft Drink" and is the choice for an authentic dark and 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 and 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).