The Dark and Stormy – Boat Drinks

A Dark and Stormy (or Dark ‘n’ Stormy) is an alcoholic highball style cocktail popular in many British Commonwealth countries, such as Australia and Bermuda. It consists of dark rum and ginger beer over ice. The local rum is usually used, for example, Bundaberg in Australia or Goslings in Bermuda.

The national drink of Bermuda, a true Dark and Stormy is never made with Jamaican ginger brew or weak ginger ale. Only the real stuff made in small batches will do, so try this recipe at home or seek out a case of Barritt’s or Blenheim if you can.

Dark and Stormy Recipe

2 oz Gosling’s® Black Seal rum
8 oz ginger beer

Pour rum over ice, add ginger ale, and stir. Raise glass and toast.

NOTE: You can substitute any dark or spiced rum.

The key here is nailing the precise ratio between the spice of the ginger beer and the richness of the rum. Depending on brands of each used, you may want to play around with the proportions. No true Bermudian would put lime juice in his D & S, but here in the States that’s how it comes

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Let me know if you have had the pleasure of consuming this treat.

Over and out from somewhere south,

By |2010-04-14T08:33:44+00:00April 14th, 2010|Bermuda, Boat Drinks|3 Comments

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  1. just jon April 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I’m fairly sure that “Dark and Stormy” is technically a trademark (in the US, anyway) of Goslings, so to call any drink with dark rum and Ginger beer a “Dark and Stormy” may not be quite correct..

    That said, it is very tasty, and I much prefer Cruzan Black Strap to Goslings in whatever we call the drink. 🙂


  2. David April 14, 2010 at 9:58 am

    The Dark n Stormy definitely gives the Bermuda Rum Swizzle a run for its money: Spicy, sweet, delicious!

  3. education December 24, 2014 at 5:47 am


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