Dark ‘n Stormy Drink

A Dark and Stormy ingredients are 2 ounces of Gosling’s Black Seal rum and 5 ounces of Ginger Beer. Its flavours of a Dark ‘n Stormy are reminiscent of caramel, vanilla, and fruitcake, with a hint of ginger spiciness from the ginger beer. The sweetness of the rum complements the sharpness of the citrus perfectly, making for an unforgettable taste.

Keep reading to learn how to make a Dark n’ Stormy cocktail!

Dark ‘n Stormy Drink

Recipe by Maurice BeaverCuisine: Cocktail
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The Dark n Stormy is the perfect cocktail to swing back when you’ve landed at a tropical resort whilst on vacation. I also love a Dark n Stormy after a round of golf (but only on a lazy Saturday).


  • 2 oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

  • 5 oz. Ginger Beer

  • Lime Wedge


  • Fill a highball glass full of ice
  • Add Ginger Beer, Lime Juice and Dark Rum
  • Garnish with a lime wedge & enjoy!


Do I have to use Goslings Black Seal Rum for my Dark ‘n Stormy?

You can use any dark rum you want, however, to legally call it a Dark ‘n Stormy you must use Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. The Gosling Brothers have a trademark on the name of this cocktail. If you are not using Goslings Black Seal Rum in your Dark ‘n Stormy, and are advertising it on a bar menu, you should call it something else, such as, a Safe Harbor to avoid getting sued.

What is the difference between a Dark ‘n Stormy and a Moscow Mule?

The main difference between a Dark and Stormy cocktail and a Moscow Mule, is that a Dark ‘n Stormy uses dark rum and a Moscow Mule uses Vodka. A Moscow Mule is also served in a frosted copper mug. Both cocktails feature both feature ginger beer as an ingredient, so some folks consider a Dark ‘n Stormy as part of the Mule family.

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

No! The appeal of Ginger Beer is that it has a sharp ginger bite, giving it its Stormy quality. Ginger Ale is much too mild making the drink taste dark and slightly breezy.

Best Ginger Beer for a Dark ‘n Stormy

If you are making a Dark ‘n Stormy for the masses, such as at a banquet or a wedding, you’ll want to purchase 2 litre bottles of it from the supermarket. Presidents Choice Ginger Beer up in Canada is really good! If you are making an small number of or a singular Dark ‘n Stormy, go with something in a small glass bottle and containing real ginger.

Do I Need Lime Juice for a Dark ‘n Stormy

The traditional recipe for a Dark ‘n Stormy made in Bermuda does not contain any lime juice. However, many bartenders add a small bit to add a bit of extra zing to the drink. If you are on the fence with adding lime for a customer, garnish the drink with a lime wedge. Then it’s up to them if they want the lime juice or not. You have to squeeze the lime wedge into your drink to get the lime flavour out of it. Pushing the lime wedge into your drink won’t add any flavour at all.