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Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe With Ginger Beer

Happy Hour: Dark and Stormy

With its island ingredients and romantic moniker, the dark and stormy tastes like waiting out a thunderstorm on a Caribbean beach. Like a great vacation, a dark and stormy cocktail relaxes and surprises. Every time I mix one, I find myself tweaking the proportions ever so slightly, to achieve the ideal balance of spicy, sweet, and sour.

Similar to a moscow mule, a dark and stormy must be made with real ginger beer, not ginger ale, and very dark rum, such as Gosling's Black Seal. The lime juice is optional, though I think it adds a nice complexity; how much you add is a matter of taste. Learn how to make a dark and stormy cocktail.

Dark and Stormy

Dark and Stormy

Dark and Stormy


2 ounces dark rum
3 ounces ginger beer
1/2 ounce lime juice (optional)


  1. In a Collins glass, combine the rum, ginger beer, and lime juice (if desired).
  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes and stir. Adjust proportions if necessary to balance the sweet, spicy, and sour flavors.
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Assistant-Community-Manager Assistant-Community-Manager 4 years
I love the dark & stormy, perfect for this SF weather!
biz biz 4 years
This is my favorite drink....I make my own ginger beer...because I like the ginger to be potent.
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