While a Dark ‘n Stormy conjures visions of soft sand and turquoise seas of the sunny Caribbean, it also has subtle flavors of northern winter spices, so it’s enjoyable all year round.
The Dark ‘n Stormy name comes from the way the drink is made, with the ginger beer poured first, followed by Black Seal Rum floated on top. The dark rum drifts slowly down into the bright ginger, suggesting the look of an approaching thunderstorm.
Dark ‘n Stormy
- 3½ ounces mild ginger beer (Barritt’s or Gosling’s)
- 2 ounces Gosling Black Seal Rum
- Thin slice of lime, for garnish, optional
— Slowly pour the ginger beer into a highball glass. Add ice, but leave room for the rum. Gently pour the rum down the inside of the glass. Serve with a straw.
For a holiday taste, try sipping the flavors of the dark rum float, before it mixes into the drink. Just a blush of ginger livens up the first tastes of Black Seal.
In Bermuda, lime is not included. A wedge or slice of lime is an attractive garnish, but lime juice can interfere with the subtle taste of ginger and rum. Nevertheless, many people enjoy it, so have lime wedges available.
Barritt’s is the best ginger beer for this drink. Gosling’s Ginger Beer in a bottle is made with sugar, wich is superior to the drink in cans, which is made with corn syrup. Corn syrup dulls the flavor of rum.
Many ginger beers, other than Barritt’s or Gosling’s, contain capsaicin from chile peppers, which gives the beers a nice burn, but it can detract from a Dark ‘n Stormy.
Barritt’s Bermuda Stone Ginger is available at Total Wine and many Kroger supermarkets.
Serve a glass of cold water with every drink, to reduce consequences.