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How to make a Dark ‘n’ Stormy

The Dark ‘n’ Stormy is a cocktail with a stormy past! Originally created by British sailors on shore leave in Bermuda during WWI, the drink – a mixture of ginger beer and Bermuda’s own Gosling’s Black Seal Rum – got its name after one of the soldiers observed that it resembled “the color of a cloud that only a fool or a dead man would sail under.”

Gosling’s Rum quickly patented the recipe, and to this day, actively defends the trademark – meaning that substituting a different brand of rum in your recipe may result in a cease and desist order from Gosling’s!

With that said, here is the recipe, in all its glory:

Dark ‘n’ Stormy Cocktail


  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
  • Ginger beer
  • Lime slice


In a Collins glass filled with ice, add ginger beer and top with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Serve with a lime slice.

Source: Smithsonian