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The Dark and Stormy Cocktail

The Dark and Stormy Cocktail


  • 1/2 Ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 Ounce ginger syrup
  • 2 1/2 Ounces Reggatta ginger beer
  • 2 Ounces Gosling rum
  • sugar cane spear, to garnish
  • lime, to garnish


Build over ice with lime and syrup going in first then ginger beer. Float rum on top. Garnish with a lime and sugar cane spear.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving195



Vitamin A0.3µgN/A

Vitamin C4mg7%


Folate (food)1µgN/A

Folate equivalent (total)1µgN/A





Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg10.7%


Sugars, added9gN/A


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Dark and Stormy Cocktail

This Dark and Stormy Cocktail has a boozy kick from a layer of dark rum. Use ginger beer or an alcoholic ginger beer for an extra kick!

If you like rum cocktail recipes you should also try my Rum Harvest Cocktail and this Blackbeard&rsquos Rum and Coke Cocktail.

Rescuing the Dark ’n’ Stormy

Can a two-ingredient drink be rescued? Typically, straightforward drinks like the vodka-soda or whiskey-ginger escape bartender scrutiny. In such a pared-down composition, the thinking goes, there’s little room for innovation. But sometimes, just a few small tweaks can prove the formula worthy of serious consideration.

At Attaboy, the speakeasy-style New York bar housed in the former Milk & Honey space (and run by the same team), the signature Dark ’n’ Stormy is a prime example.

Typically a two-ingredient recipe consisting of rum and ginger beer, in Attaboy’s version, sweetened, fresh-pressed ginger juice—also used in the bar’s famed Penicillin—is the star ingredient. While it’s not fermented, and therefore not a true ginger beer, it lends the drink its signature spicy intensity.

Sam Ross, co-owner of Attaboy and creator of the Penicillin, estimates that the house Dark ’n’ Stormy was created sometime before 2004. “The Sasha [Petraske], Toby Maloney, Joseph Schwartz era of Milk & Honey,” he says. The bar had always focused on meticulous versions of classic cocktails. Ginger-spiked highballs like Bucks and Mules were part of the roster, with the Presbyterian (whiskey, ginger, club soda) a particularly popular call, so it was only natural to refine the ginger quotient called for in so many drinks.

“It was just us not really finding a good version of ginger beer on the market,” Ross explains. “I assume they would have thought, ‘We can do better than this, let’s make our own version.’”

The bar team runs fresh ginger (skin on) through a Breville juicer, then stirs in a hefty measure of granulated sugar. “It’s not simple syrup we don’t want to dilute the ginger juice [with water], we still want that intensity,” Ross says. (While the ginger stays “nice and spicy” for two days, after that it fades, giving the unwanted perception of “sweet without the spice,” he warns.)

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Attaboy’s Dark ‘n’ Stormy

Fresh ginger juice is key to Attaboy's update.

The ginger is balanced by two ounces of dark rum, specifically Gosling’s Black Seal, the default rum selection for the recipe ever since the brand trademarked the drink in 1991. But it also has the right flavor profile, says Ross.

“The big truffly, caramelly, molasses flavor really rounds out the ginger juice for us,” he explains. “Anything lighter, and you really wouldn’t get the flavor coming out over the intensity of our ginger.”

A half-ounce of lime and effervescent club soda finalize the formula. While some may be tempted to add more citrus, Ross discourages the impulse. “It’s not meant to be a sour-sweet drink like a Daiquiri is,” he says. “I’ve found too much lime juice in this does ruin it. It’s not balanced and the components don’t sing the way they should.”

The drink is presented in a chilled Collins glass over an ice spear instead of a lime wedge, the finishing touch is a piece of candied ginger, the same garnish that adorns the Penicillin.

“All those things have to come into play,” Ross notes. “The freshness of the ginger and lime, the Gosling’s, the nice cold glass and the metal straw—it’s definitely about the sum of its parts right there.”

Plus, notes Ross, with all of the components “ready to roll,” it’s easy to make. For this reason, it’s the drink served at a secret spot at the back of the bar, a small drink rail where guests are sometimes asked to wait when the space is at absolute capacity. “If you don’t mind waiting there, the only thing we do for you up there is make Dark ’n’ Stormys, just because of how quick and easy they are,” says Ross. As a result, it’s been christened the Dark ’n’ Stormy station, or D station for short.

Most telling, the Dark ’n’ Stormy has become the go-to staff drink across the New York–based Milk & Honey family of bars, from Little Branch to Attaboy to Dutch Kills. According to Ross, the recipe hasn’t changed in more than 15 years. Then again, why would it? “It’s spicy, it’s frothy, it’s cold and delicious.”

Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktails

This is a pretty simple way to add some citrus flavors to the recipe. It requires a bit of time to infuse the cranberries with the rum, but it isn’t hard, and the flavor is worth the wait. This would make a great drink for the holiday season!


  • For the cranberry infused rum:
  • 2 c. cranberries
  • 1 bottle black rum
  • For the cocktail:
  • 2 oz. Cranberry-infused rum
  • 6 oz. Ginger beer
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Cranberries and orange slices (garnish)


  • Either use a toothpick to puncture each cranberry, or slice them in half and crush them a bit with the knife
  • Add cranberries and rum to a large mason jar and tightly close the lid.
  • Store in a cool place for at least a day, and at most upwards of a week.
  • Fill a highball glass with ice
  • Add ginger beer over the ice
  • Add rum and bitters
  • Garnish
  • Serve

Invented in Bermuda, where it is the national drink, just after WW1 by the Gosling Brothers (makers of fine rum since 1806), the Dark N' Stormy is an easy to make rum cocktail recipe on the same basis as a Moscow Mule.

Under the threat of legal action due to their trademark of Dark 'N Stormy, the true recipe uses Gosling's Black Seal dark rum but you can use any dark rum, or even add a spiced rum for a different approach.

If a different rum is used, then the cocktail should be called Safe Harbour for all the pedants out there.

And don't go swapping ginger ale for the required ginger beer - ginger ale is simply carbonated water flavoured with ginger whereas ginger beer is brewed and fermented.

We've included a small pour of fresh lime juice as that's the way we drink it, but purest might leave it out and fall back on a simple squeeze of a lime wedge.

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Hidden Cocktails (Holiday Edition): The Dark and Stormy

Madeleine Hettich 3 years ago

With Halloween quickly approaching, everyone’s looking for the best seasonal cocktail recipes for their holiday parties. GREY’s here to show you a few lesser-known gems that’ll definitely be a hit with your guests! This week we’re focusing on The Dark and Stormy recipe.

5 Variations of the Classic Dark ‘n Stormy

The Dark ’n Stormy is the inexorable concoction of Bermuda’s British history, a literal fusion of our merchant and naval traditions. Between the end of WWI and 1991, Goslings and the Dark ’n Stormy became synonymous and inseparable, and not just in Bermuda. That it is today one of only four internationally trademarked cocktails further reflects Bermudians’ entrepreneurial spirit and legacy of punching above our weight on the international stage.

But what if you’re looking for a different twist on our national cocktail? Look no further than these 5 stormy spins on the old classic.

Dark ‘n Stormy Float

1-pint vanilla ice cream
24 ounces Goslings Ginger Beer
1 lime
6 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

Scoop 3 smallish scoops of vanilla ice cream into 4 mason jars. Top with 6 ounces Ginger Beer. Float 1.5 ounces of rum on top of ginger beer. Squeeze in s0me fresh lime juice and enjoy!

Bright and Sunny

1 ½-2 oz. Goslings Gold Seal Rum
Splash of Goslings Ginger Beer
Splash of tonic water
Cucumber slices

Fill a short glass with ice. Add the splash of ginger beer followed by tonic. Garnish with a few slices of cucumber and a dash of bitters.

Ginger Gale

1 ½-2 oz. Goslings Gold Seal Rum
4 oz. chilled Goslings Ginger Ale

Fill a glass with ice and ginger ale. Top with rum.

Blackberry ‘n Stormy

1½ oz Goslings Black Seal Rum
3½ oz chilled Goslings Ginger Beer
1 lime wedge
3 mint leaves
6 fresh blackberries

Muddle lime and mint in a shaker. Add blackberries and continue to muddle for 1- 2 minutes. Pour in the rum and shake. Fill a short glass with crushed ice. Pour the contents of the shaker over the ice and top off with ginger beer. Garnish with a fresh blackberry and a mint leaf.

Dark ‘n Stormy Cider

2 oz. Goslings Black Seal Rum
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. chilled apple cider
3 oz. chilled Ginger Beer
1 apple slice
1 lime wedge

Fill a glass with ice. Pour in apple cider, then ginger beer before floating rum on top. Top with fresh lime juice and garnish with an apple slice and lime wedge.

Gosling's trademarked their cocktail recipe

Gosling's swooped into the Dark and Stormy game and trademarked their cocktail recipe in 2009. The New York Times reported that Gosling's has two trademark certificates with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The rum company created a unique spelling and punctuation combo for the cocktail (Dark 'n' Stormy) and now has the right to press charges against anyone attempting to make a drink using a competitor's rum. Gosling's is serious about retaining the rights to their signature cocktail. In an interview with Maxim, Gosling's spokesperson Glenn Kelly said, "The reason why it is important to have a trademark for this cocktail is to ensure consistency of the taste of this cocktail."

Lawsuits aside, what makes Gosling's Black Seal Rum the ideal candidate for a Dark and Stormy? When lining up the best rums to use in the cocktail, Thrillist appreciated its dark, rich flavors that come from aging in oak barrels. Since Gosling's is so serious about preserving the integrity of their signature cocktail, it's better to have a bottle on hand to mix up your next round of Dark and Stormys than risk a legal battle.

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