The Dark and Stormy is an almost ridiculously simple buck cocktail that’s great for cooling off on a hot summer evening. Using only three ingredients—rum, ginger beer, and lime juice—this one is a snap even for a novice bartender, and it’s absolutely delicious. Make sure to use a good, spicy ginger beer, not ginger ale.
|2 oz dark rum|
|1 oz lime juice|
|6 oz ginger beer|
|Lime wedge for garnish|
Preparation: How to make a Dark 'n Stormy
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Add the dark rum and lime juice, then fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer.
- Stir gently.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve.
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!