Dark And Stormy

By Tracey Hall ~

A dark and unseasonally cool Friday evening at the Jersey Shore tonight got me thinking of what an appropriate cocktail should be.  A quick Google search and the answer jumped out at me! A Dark and Stormy of course! Did you know that according to a Gosling’s Rum tale, this drink was invented more than 100 years ago?  Members of Bermuda’s Royal Naval Officer’s Club added a splash of the local rum to their spicy homemade ginger beer. They described its ominous hue as “the color of a cloud-only a fool or dead man would sail under.”

With that ominous warning, I’m happy to share this simple, yet delicious recipe:


  • 2 ounces dark rum, preferably Gosling’s
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (optional)
  • Ice
  • 1 candied ginger slice
  • 3 ounces chilled ginger beer
  • 1 lime wheel

How to Make It:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum and lime juice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Stir in the ginger beer. Skewer the ginger slice and lime wheel and garnish the cocktail.