Dark and Stormy is a delicious and refreshing highball cocktail with lots of spice and only three ingredients (dark rum, ginger beer, and lime) Easy to make and 100% Caribbean. The cool name of the cocktail came after a sailor made a comment that it looked like “The color of a cloud, only a dead man would sail under”, hence Dark and Stormy. 

From what it’s known, in 1806, a member of the Gosling family sailed from England to Virginia, but because there was no wind and the sea was too still, he didn’t make it to America so the ship headed for the nearest doc, which was Bermuda where he created Gosling’s rum. Years later, (sometime after WW1) on a different part of the island, British soldiers were brewing ginger beer to battle seasickness and ended up mixing the ginger beer with Gosling’s rum. What a surprise… 

In 1991, Gosling’s trademarked the Dark and Stormy, and that means we should only make it with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Legally that is…



  1. 2 Ounces (60 ml) of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.
  2. 3-4 Ounces (90-120 ml) Ginger Beer.
  3. ½ Ounce (15 ml) Fresh Lime juice – Optional.
  4. Lime wedge for garnish.


Let’s make the Dark and Stormy

  1. Get a highball glass and fill it with ice.
  2. Pour the rum and lime juice (if you are using it).
  3. Top up with ginger beer and give it a little stir.
  4. Garnish and enjoy.


Some tips:

  • Use dark rum. Caribbean rum will be best.
  • Ginger Ale is not the same as Ginger Beer. Never use ginger ale for Dark n Stormy. In an ideal world, such a crime would be illegal. x)
  • You can try to float the rum on top of the ginger beer for a better look. Just pour it last and pour it slow.
  • If u swap the rum for vodka, you will get a cocktail known as Moscow Mule.



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