Dark ‘n Stormy

A simple Bermudian highball cocktail that’s popular all around the world. For a Dark ’n’ Stormy to be called a Dark ’n’ Stormy it must be made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum because it’s a trademark of Gosling Brother’s Ltd.
How to Make a Dark 'n' Stormy Cocktail - Crafty Bartending


Serve the Dark ‘n Stormy in a Highball glass

  • 2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal rum
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Top with ginger beer (around 4-5 oz)

Garnish: 1 lime wedge

Tools & Equipment

How to Make

  1. Add rum and lime juice to a ice-filled highball glass
  2. Top with Ginger Beer
  3. Add the garnish


The Dark ‘n Stormy is one of those cocktails that you can find in everywhere from a dive bar, a craft-cocktail bar alike, or in a tiki bar. They are simple to make and surprisingly refreshing due to the punch of lime and ginger.

Similar to a Moscow Mule, the Dark ‘n Stormy is a great replacement cocktail for when you have rum instead of vodka.

Do you really have to use Gosling’s Black Seal rum? 

For it to be a true Dark ‘n Stormy, you must use Gosling’s Black Seal rum as in 1991 the company officially registered a trademark stating that any drink called a ‘Dark ’n Stormy’ must use Gosling’s rum.

Pro tip: When making a Dark ‘n Stormy it is imperative that you use ginger beer and not ginger ale. Ginger beer is a stronger, fermented ginger drink that stands up well to the cocktail’s rum. Although the drink won’t necessarily be bad if you use ginger ale, trust me that it is worth making it with ginger beer instead.

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