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Black & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Black & Stormy Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 ounce ginger beer
  • 3 blackberries
  • 1 ½ ounces dark rum, preferably Gosling's


In a shaker or glass, muddle the blackberries in the ginger beer then pour into the compartment of an ice cube tray. This recipe was made using a 2-by-2-inch ice cube — if you have a large compartment tray I recommend you use it because the effect of the larger cube will be more impressive. That said, smaller cubes work perfectly well, just consider scaling down the ingredients. Place in the freezer for at least an hour and a half.

Once the ice cube is frozen solid, remove it from the tray and place in a glass. Pour the rum over the ice cube and serve.

Easy Dark 'N' Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Did I ever tell you how much I love this Dark 'N' Stormy cocktail?

I think I've mentioned it once or twice.

My old school buddy Helen introduced me to this spicy refreshing cocktail a few years ago, and now I have to order it every time we go out for a couple of drinks.

Fill a medium to tall glass with ice cubes. Gently pour in the rum so that it floats at the top of the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Be sure to stir it before drinking it or it will be really strong!


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Goslings DARK ‘N STORMY®

Into a tall glass filled with ice add 4–5 oz. of Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer and top with Goslings Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional). Goslings Black Seal Rum’s “Signature Drink.”



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What’s the difference between ginger beer and ginger ale?

Both beverages are made from ginger but ginger beer is actually fermented and brewed whereas ginger ale is just a carbonated beverage made from ginger and water.

Ginger beer tends to have a much more pronounced ginger flavor than its ale counterpart.

Barritt’s Ginger Beer was founded in 1847 in Bermuda and Bon appetit rated it one of their top 4 favorite ginger beers.

It’s one of the most popular brands in the carribean for its distinctive flavor.

For the simple syrup:

Combine the sugar or honey and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool before using.

For the colored sugar:

Put the sugar and food coloring in a jar. Cover with the jar lid and shake for at least one minute to fully disperse the color throughout the sugar. Add more food coloring if needed. Allow to air out for at least 30 minutes before using.

For the cocktail:

Combine gin, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a large shaker, then add juice from one lemon. Set aside.

Pour colored sugar on a plate or bowl wider than rim of the glasses. Juice the second lemon and place the juice on a separate plate.

Take two 6-ounce couple glasses and rim each with the lemon juice, then dip in colored cane sugar. For maximum effect, rotate the glasses a couple times to fully coat the rim.

Add traditional ice to the prepared cocktail shaker. Shake for at least 30 seconds, and then carefully pour the combined liquids into the glasses in equal portions. Be sure not to splash the sugar-coated rims.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

When the clouds roll in and it’s time to hunker down for the storm, I like to mix up a cocktail that will warm me up, yet be refreshing and not too heavy to get me through it.

While the Dark and Stormy originated in Bermuda in 1860, it was first introduced to me by our good friends, Jim and Nicki. They would come over and bring with them some ginger beer, dark rum and limes. There’s nothing like the feeling of someone brings a complete cocktail package without having to ask if you have a missing ingredient (that you probably don’t have).

Three ingredients along with some ice is all you need to create this delicious cocktail. As simple as it is, the key is getting the ratio right for a perfect balance between the ginger beer, rum and the lime juice. When you get it right, it’s so good that you will be asking for another round.

As we know, quality ingredients makes all the difference, especially with simple recipes because there is nothing to hide behind. Powell & Mahoney Ginger Beer cocktail mixer is crafted using natural ingredients and it has the perfect amount of carbonation and slight kick from the ginger.

Powell & Mahoney products are available at Target, Whole Foods, BevMo and many other retailers.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Ingredients US Metric

  • Crushed ice or ice cubes
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 6 ounces ginger beer (NOT ginger ale)
  • 1 lime wedge or, if you want to be trendy, chunk of candied ginger


Fill a highball glass–or, let’s just be realistic, whatever glass you happen to have handy–with ice.

Pour in first the rum and then the ginger beer. Stir gently. Garnish with the lime or candied ginger. We think you can handle things from here. Originally published April 20, 2012.

*A Boozier Dark and Stormy Cocktail

When you crave a relatively tame nip, rely on the genteel proportions of rum to ginger beer in the above recipe. But when you’re partial to something tipsier, turn to the proportions proposed by entertaining designer Lulu Powers in Lulu Powers Food to Flowers: Simple, Stylish Food for Easy Entertaining. Her tactic is to pour 1 1/2 ounces of dark rum over ice, top it with about 1/2 cup ginger beer, and then finish it with the juice of 1/2 lime. (You may as well toss that spent lime into the glass for good measure.) One version isn’t better than the other. Just different.

Recipe Testers' Reviews

With all apologies to Oprah, I’ll take a Dark & Stormy over a Moscow mule any day. Not only do you not need a special mug, but I think dark rum cuts the ginger beer’s sharpness better than vodka does. Just a warning though. These highballs are strong, so if you’re thinking you might make another to finish off the bottle of ginger beer, stand up first.

I had these in Australia many years ago. This is a refreshing and delightful cocktail. My mother agreed to taste-test the drink, even though she didn’t think she’d enjoy it since she is not fond of ginger beer, but she loved it. It was wonderful the way it was not too gingery or rummy, but it all blended smoothly. This would be great on a hot summer afternoon while the shrimps are on the barbie

Very refreshing drink with the rum and ginger beer. I did like some of the lime juice squeezed in mine. Perfect drink when you want a little something special.

This Dark and Stormy Cocktail is refreshing, simple and delicious! A great cocktail that is not too sweet and is even better with a squeeze of lime. I’m a sucker for anything with ginger.

Simple to make and easy to drink. The spiciness of the ginger beer comes through in this refreshing cocktail, but doesn’t overwhelm. It would be interesting to try this with different brands of ginger beer (or even homemade, but then it stops being so simple).

Such a simple drink, yet refreshing and delicious. For this Dark and Stormy Cocktail use good-quality rum (the official, trademarked version specified Goslings) and a great ginger beer (I used Bundaberg).

Not wintry enough for a heavy cocktail? Too early for a margarita? Try a Dark & Stormy. This easy-to-follow recipe makes this cocktail even more fun to drink. I’ve had luck with Gosling’s brand ginger beer, as well as with Regatta.

This is a very tasty beverage indeed. The spiciness of the ginger beer goes together very well with the dark rum. Make sure you use the best of both–rum from Trinidad and ginger beer from Jamaica. And fresh lime! I prefer crushed ice over ice cubes, as it makes more of a slushy-type drink. Would be perfect on a hot sunny afternoon in the sun. Excellent!

The weather forecast for this week is gloomy, so this seemed like an appropriate drink to try. I didn’t know if the drink was to reflect our overcast, rainy day or transport me to a sunny beach. Because the drink comes together quickly, I didn’t have to wait long to find out. My first sip definitely said sunny beach. The ginger beer lightens the flavor of the rum, and the hint of bubbles is pretty cool. It’s refreshing, bright, and smooth, with a bit of spice on the finish. It has a tropical feel to it and gave me something other than clouds and rain to think about.

A Dark & Stormy is a light, deceptively mild-flavored drink. Ginger beer definitely works better than ginger ale in this mix (I tried, just to taste the difference). The rum is in there, but not overly assertive. The drink itself is quite refreshing, with or without the lime, belying the dark and stormy moniker. At two ounces of rum per glass, though, things may get rather dark if you underestimate it!

I loved this simple cocktail. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and the lime adds a delicate citrus taste. A friend had given me a bottle of Gosling’s Black Seal black rum several years back, and I just opened it for this drink. The ginger beer was Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew. I wouldn’t change anything about the recipe


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A Dark and Stormy is one of my favorite cocktails, but only when a premium lower sugar ginger beer is available. Thanks to Google and Real Simple magazine, I am enjoying a great Fall twist on a Dark and Stormy, substitute 2 ounces of apple cider for 2 ounces of the (Fever Tree or Q) ginger beer.

Dark 'n' Stormy

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It only takes two ingredients—dark rum and ginger beer—to create this easy-drinking, refreshing classic cocktail from Bermuda.

What to buy: A Bermudan classic, a real Dark ’n’ Stormy should be made only with Gosling’s Black Seal rum. If you can’t find it, substitute another dark rum such as Myers’s, but don’t let your Bermudan friends know you’re using Jamaican rum!

If you’ve made your own Ginger Beer (and we think you should), use it here. Otherwise, look for a ginger beer that suits your taste. We prefer those with a nice note of sweet and a good kick of ginger, like Barritt’s.

This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Soda Pop project.

For a twist on your Dark ‘n’ Stormy, try making spiced rum, as Jeffrey Morgenthaler discusses in his Morgenthaler Method video here.