The Dark and Stormy is a cocktail made with spiced rum, ginger beer and lime juice. It's one of the simplest drinks to concoct because it requires only three ingredients, but if you don't have the right ingredients it won't taste very good. Let's take a look at what makes up this inimitable drink, after which you'll be able to confidently recreate it in your own home.
The defining feature of a Dark and Stormy is its namesake: dark rum. This isn't just any old rum — it needs to be specifically crafted for this cocktail. While most rums are distilled until their color has become almost clear, some distillers produce rums that are not so clear by design (we've covered those types of rums here). These dark rums offer richer flavors than their lighter counterparts, which makes them perfect for cocktails.
Ginger beer is the carbonated mixer that gives this drink its fizz and brightness. It's typically made from water, ginger and spices such as cardamom, cloves and black pepper. You can buy ginger beer in the UK or US in small bottles or you can make it at home (it takes about 10 minutes to make a batch). Limes are generally used to garnish Dark and Stormies because they look nice but their main purpose is to add citrus acidity that balances out the sweetness of the rum.
Method: Pour the dark rum and fresh-squeezed lime juice into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Top up with homemade ginger beer and stir gently. Add a straw, then garnish with lime slices or candied ginger.
When squeezed over ice, lime juice also helps lower the temperature of your cocktail so you don't burn your tongue!
To make a Dark and Stormy at home you'll need:
3/4 oz dark rum (we recommend Gosling's),
1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice,
2 oz homemade ginger beer (recipe below)
Optional: ice cubes
Before we jump into making this cocktail we should clarify that 'Dark' in the title refers to color rather than flavor — spiced rums tend to be darker than other types but they're still not as dark as Guinness stout.
If your favorite flavored rum tastes too sweet for this cocktail then feel free to experiment with something different instead — choose a brand like Mount Gay Rum which offers a variety of products suited for mixing drinks because Mount Gay has been crafting spirits since 1703! As far as preparation goes it's pretty simple: just mix all three ingredients together with crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass (or any tall glass) until chilled through. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use whatever spiced rum you want because no two are alike — every distiller will have taken a different approach when making theirs so they should taste different!
Making homemade ginger beer really couldn't be easier if you've got a Sodastream machine lying around somewhere gathering dust from last summer's camping trip; otherwise all Sodastreams come with CO2 cartridges so just pick one up today if needed before getting started on tomorrow's cocktail session.
To see how easy it is follow these steps:
Add 2 cups water and 16 g crystallized ginger into your SodaStream bottle; Close tightly; Push "CO2" or "mix"; Wait until sparkling then add 2 more cups water; Close again tightly; Push "carbonate" 5 times quickly (~5 sec); Leave overnight in fridge before using