Dark and Stormy

The Dark and Stormy belongs to same quick-and-tasty category of cocktails as the Moscow Mule. They taste great, but all you have to do is pour a couple of ingredients and add a squeeze of lime.

Gosling’s Black Seal Rum is the classic rum choice (the company would call it a mandatory choice, since they’ve trademarked the cocktail name). However, if you want to substitute your favorite dark and funky rum, ain’t nobody stopping you! I’m sure you won’t end up in court. I like to use spiced rum sometimes. My ginger beer recommendations are Fentiman’s, Bundaberg, or Reed’s ginger beer, but as long as it’s ginger beer and not ginger ale, you’ll be in good shape. (You can go DIY and make your own spiced rum and your own ginger beer.)

Dark and Stormy

2 ounce dark rum
3 ounces ginger beer
1/2 ounce lime juice

In a Collins glass filled with ice, combine the rum, ginger beer, and lime juice. Stir and sample. Adjust to your liking. Enjoy!

Photo by Liam Boylan

DIY vs. Buy: Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Spiced Rum

If you like spiced rum, there is no reason on Earth that you shouldn’t infuse your own. It’s so easy a drunk pirate could do it!

All the spices are common grocery-store finds you probably have in the cupboard already. Since you just need a pinch of this and a couple of that, the only significant cost is the rum. You’ll end up with a more elaborate and rich mix of spices than you’ll find in the store-bought kinds.

DIY vs. Buy: Should I Make My Own Spiced Rum? on Serious Eats

Photo by Liam Boylan