How To Make A Dark 'N' Stormy

The Dark 'n Stormy has become an iconic cocktail consumed on waterfronts around the globe. It was invented in the 1920s by British sailors who were experimenting with mixing Goslings Black Seal Rum with a Ginger Beer that was also being made on the island as a way to help the sailor’s combat seasickness. The drink was an immediate hit and Goslings became associated with the drink ever since. The drink is even trademarked by Goslings, so if a bartender ever mixes a drink using another rum and ginger beer, while it might be tasty, it can’t be called a Dark 'n Stormy.

Dark 'N' Stormy Ingredients

  • 2 oz Goslings Black Seal Rum
  • As needed Ginger beer

Dark 'N' Stormy Directions

  1. Pour Ginger beer in to highball glass over ice.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Float Goslings Black Seal Rum on top.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge and enjoy.

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Yield: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 196
Updated: 2022-10-04

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Dark 'N' Stormy FAQ

What is the best rum for a Dark ‘n Stormy?

The best (and only) rum for a Dark ‘n Stormy is Goslings Black Seal Rum. The drink has been trademarked by Goslings, so any variation made without Goslings cannot legally be called a Dark ‘n’ Stormy.

Why is the drink called a Dark ‘n Stormy?

The Dark ‘n Stormy was invented by sailors in the 1920s and got its name after one sailor noted that the drink’s color resembled that of incoming storm clouds.

How do you serve a Dark ‘n Stormy?

A Dark ‘n Stormy should be served in a highball glass over ice, and garnished with a lime wedge.

Can you use Ginger Ale instead of Ginger Beer in a Dark ‘n Stormy?

While you’re going to get the best flavor using the more robust ginger beer in your cocktail, according to Martha Stewart, ginger ale —  especially a spicy one — will work just fine in a Dark ‘n Stormy.