Dark ‘n Stormy – the Classic Caribbean Ginger Beer & Rum Highball

Dark ‘n Stormy – the Classic Caribbean Ginger Beer & Rum Highball

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The Dark and Stormy is a somewhat misunderstood cocktail. By law, it needs to be made with Gosling’s Rum. Anything else is a Rum Buck. The brand of Ginger Beer, however, is up to you.

The reason for this is that Gosling’s trademarked the name of this cocktail. You can make the same drink with another dark and funky rum, but you can’t call it a “Dark ‘n Stormy” or a “Dark & Stormy” or a “Dark and Stormy.” It would have to be called the less-sexy and untrademarked name, Rum Buck, which sounds more like it would be the name of a football player circa 1911.

You’re going to want to try it according to this recipe first. But like the Rye Buck (https://youtu.be/PEONhRq3r1w) or the Dirty Shirley (https://youtu.be/UfRy80_IyqA), this too could benefit from a little freshly juiced ginger.

Some recipes also call for a little lime juice, but I’d suggest trying it first as it is in the video, which is the official recipe. The hint of lime on the nose from the garnish without the juice makes a big impact without the sour aftertaste. I certainly like the citrus aftertaste, particularly in a Cuba Libre (https://youtu.be/AcYqmOX-OtU), but it’s a different experience this way.

Like most highballs, this one is easy to prepare. The garnish might just be the hardest part. This simplicity has to be one of the biggest appeals of highballs. But they are also crisp and refreshing, which you can’t beat on a hot day. Cheers!

2 oz Rum
4-6 oz Ginger Beer
garnish Lime Wheel (optional)

Build over ice in a collins glass. Garnish with Lime Wheel.

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  1. As I thought, my Local Liquor store did not have Gosling Black Strap, But They did Gosling brand Ginger Beer, waa ?

    So I went with a High proof black rum (sum Capt Morgan)

    The D&S was good, I always the goodness of Ginger Beer.

    Messing around a bit I added some Lime Juice. MUCH Better!

    Although that is Rum buck.


  2. Nice vid, I will have to try it this weekend.

    Any other suggestions for that bottle of dark rum? besides a Rum Buck?

    What do you think of the Kraken dark rum? If I can't find Gosling's would that work?

  3. One my favorites. Simple, easy and delicious.

  4. Jason Villanueva

    I prefer my D&S with Cruzan Black Strap. though I do keep some Chinese 5-Spice Gosling's Black Seal close by.

  5. going to have try to this
    love dark rums but haven't heard of that brand have to look for it

  6. Distinguished Spirits

    #DarkAndStormy – the awesome, classic Dark #Rum & Ginger #Beer #cocktail

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