Dark and Stormy

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The Dark and Stormy is a popular cocktail that uses dark rum such as Gosling’s Black Seal rum and ginger beer to create a great sipping cocktail for any occasion.

2 glasses of Dark and Stormy cocktail garnished with a lime slice.

These particular glasses are part of my birds collection of vintage bar-ware. The gold emblazoned ducks pictured were a common theme. I also have a number of red and gold emblazoned pheasant glasses which are some of my favorites.

How to Make a Dark and Stormy

To make a Dark and Stormy, you’ll need dark rum (we used Gosling’s Black Seal) and ginger beer. Any type of ginger beer will work for this recipe.

You’ll add the rum to a glass filled with ice and float with ginger beer. Garnishes are typically a lime wedge. If you like rum, give my Hemingway Daiquiri a try as well.

Close up of Dark and Stormy cocktail garnish with lime slice

Dark and Stormy Litigation

There has been quite a bit of litigation regarding this cocktail due to the fact that Gosling Brothers Ltd. owns the trademark for Dark ‘N Stormy® and some have apparently attempted to share the recipe without using what they consider to be the proper ingredients (namely Gosling’s Black Seal Rum). For an interesting breakdown of the litigation, check out this website.

Some other great cocktails to try

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White Russian Cocktail

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Monkey Gland

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Dark and Stormy

A delicious combination of dark rum and ginger beer.
5 from 7 votes
Dark and Stormy - 3
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1.5 ounces dark rum Gosling's Black Seal
  • ginger beer to top


  • Add the rum to your glass with ice.
  • Float with ginger beer.
  • Garnish with lime wedge.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 98kcal, Sodium: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Peter Huebner says

    I am a Dark and Stormy purist and while your recipe says to correctly FLOAT the rum on the drink ,( Which gives the appearance of dark clouds seeping into the ginger beer “sky” below- Hence the name) , You pictures are a rum and ginger beer hi-ball and not a Dark and Stormy . Furthering the discussion, The true dark and stormy should be drunk with a straw from the bottom and ask you drink , it get stormier and stormier 🙂

    • Mike Johnston says

      Hi Peter

      Thanks for sharing, I’ve never seen that in any of the posts I’ve seen for this recipe, which is why I didn’t do it this way but I like the idea. I’ll perhaps try to recreate down the road but this is a Dark and Stormy as bars and most people tend to make it.

      Whether it’s the real one as you put it or not remains debatable but I’m with you in that yours sounds more true to the name.5 stars

  2. Robert Palmateer says

    Are your cocktail recipes in your books? Where do you find your great glassware? Thanks for the delicious recipes.

    • Mike Johnston says

      They are yes, unique ones anyway. If you see it here, you’ll find differing ones in the books.5 stars

    • Mike Johnston says

      In our most recent book, The Prairie Table, there’s a whole chapter on cocktails and stocking your home bar so yes, there are some cocktail recipes within it. Glassware is typically found through thrifting or hitting antique stores on road trips to and from the US.5 stars

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