Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail

Dark 'n' Stormy
The Dark 'n' Stormy (or Dark and Stormy) is a cocktail combining dark rum and ginger beer, garnished with a lime wedge. The ginger makes the drink quite spicy, and the rum its heavy, strong taste.
Dark 'n' Stormy was created sometime after World War 1. When sailors of the time enjoyed the local Gosling’s Black Seal rum with the Ginger Beer which was also popular with sailors of the period.
The Dark ’n’ Stormy is a registered trademark of Gosling Brothers, so an authentic recipe should be made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum.
The Dark ’n’ Stormy is very similar to another cocktail with ginger beer – the Moscow mule except that the Dark 'n' Stormy uses a dark rum instead of vodka.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Highball glass


  • 60 ml dark rum (Gosling’s Black Seal)
  • 100 ml ginger beer (Gosling’s Stormy)
  • 25 ml lime juice (optional)
  • 1 lime wedge (to garnish)


  • Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour in all the ingredients. Stir gently.
  • Garnish with a wedge of lime.


What rum is used for the float on a dark n stormy?

Gosling’s Black Seal dark rum should be used to prepare a Dark ‘n’ Stormy as it’s a trademark of the brand.

What vodka cocktails are best?

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Rum is the Oldest Spirit in the World. The first rum distillation took place in the Caribbean in the 1620s.

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