Dark 'n Stormy Recipe

Dark Rum, Ginger Beer, Lime
Dark 'n Stormy

The Dark 'n Stormy is an almost ridiculously simple buck cocktail (a term referring to highballs made with ginger beer) that's great for cooling off on a hot summer evening. Using only three ingredients—rum, ginger beer, and lime juice—it's a snap even for a novice bartender, and it's absolutely delicious. Make sure to use a good, spicy ginger beer, not ginger ale.

The Dark 'n Stormy is one of the only drinks in the modern era to actually be trademarked. The name belongs to Gosling Brothers Ltd., producers of Gosling's Rum and Gosling's Ginger Beer, and they sell pre-mixed Dark 'n Stormys you can buy in a can. Though they probably won't send the drink police to your house if you make it with something else, bars are generally wary of using the name unless it follow's the brand's specifications.

Dark 'n Stormy Ingredients

2 oz dark rum
1 oz lime juice
6 oz ginger beer
Lime wedge for garnish

How to make a Dark 'n Stormy

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add the dark rum and lime juice, then fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer.
  3. Stir gently.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve.
Dark 'n Stormy

More about Dark 'n Stormy

Unlike pretty much any other cocktail in the world, the name "Dark 'n' Stormy" is actually a registered trademark of Gosling Brothers, the Bermudan company that produces Gosling's Rum and Gosling's Ginger Beer. As a result, technically any bar that serves a Dark 'n' Stormy is legally obligated to use Gosling's Black Seal Rum—that said, good luck enforcing it.

Since it's questionable whether food and drink recipes are even eligible for trademark in the first place, the only obvious protection it offers is from sales of bottled, ready-to-drink Dark 'n' Stormy cocktails. Gosling's official trademark states that it is for "Pre-mixed alcoholic cocktail, namely rum and ginger beer," which is just ambiguous enough to cause confusion. Though they've earned a reputation for being fairly litigious, we can't say we've ever heard of them suing a home bartender—so go ahead and mix away!