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Dark & Stormy


Dark & Stormy

The ultimate rum cooler, this classic high-ball features dark rum, Angostura bitters and lime juice topped with fiery ginger-beer. The Dark & Stormy is an easy-sipping long drink, and a crowd-pleaser at any type of event.

Dark Rum, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer, Bitters.

*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.

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The Dark & Stormy is one of those drinks that caters to all tastes.

A simple but beautiful mixture of sweet, mellow rum, spicy ginger beer and zingy lime, finished with the Caribbean spice of Angostura bitters, this is more than just a rum and ginger beer. For those wanting to serve some long, crowd pleasing cocktails at their mobile bar hire, look no further than this classic rum drink.

The Dark & Stormy is essentially a mule, which is just a mixture of citrus, ginger and a spirit of your choosing, what sets this particular mule apart is its distinct two tone appearance, created by floating the dark rum and bitters atop the pale lime and ginger beer. Traditionally mules also use ginger ale whereas this spicy Caribbean concoction favours fiery ginger beer instead.

The Dark & Stormy works brilliantly as part of a rum based menu and is a great long, low ABV option to serve alongside more robust rum drinks like the Daiquiri or the Sloppy Joe: a Martini-style cocktail made by mixing white rum with grenadine and dry vermouth.

Rum is an incredibly versatile spirit and a great basis for a cocktail menu. For those who are keen on a rum based selection there are plenty of options to choose from, whether you like short strong drinks like a Rum Old Fashioned or long fruity cocktails like a Hurricane or a Mai Tai there are loads of choices in terms of style and ingredients. If you have a particular favourite rum that you want to use for your bar hire don’t hesitate to speak to your event organiser about your preferred brands.

If you’re eager to create a menu that includes the Dark & Stormy and want to know more about what drinks would sit well alongside it be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other rum based, summery and long style cocktails from our list.


The Dark and Stormy originated in Bermuda sometime after world war one via Bermudian rum brand Gosling’s Black Seal. 

Gosling’s was started wine and spirits merchant, James Gosling. Gosling left England in 1906 on a ship bound for America, but after 91 days at sea, his charter expired and the ship made port in Bermuda. Gosling decided to stay and 55 years later in 1860 they were selling their first branded dark rum. Gosling’s rum wasn;t called black seal to begin with, it was first sold straight from the barrel and buyers would bring their own bottles to fill, but as demand grew Gosling’s began bottling their rum in reclaimed champagne bottles from the British officer’s mess, they sealed the bottles with black sealing wax and soon people began asking for ‘Black Seal.’ 

The drink apparently originated in a local ginger beer factory that was run by the Royal Naval Officer’s Club. The sailors soon discovered that a splash of Gosling’s Black Seal made a great addition to the ginger beer. 

The name is said to come from a sailor who saw the drink and remarked that it was the colour of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under.

Myths & Legends

Though drinks recipes can’t be patented, their names can and Gosling’s trademarked the name Dark ’n’ Stormy, so technically it’s illegal to make a drink called a Dark ‘n’ Stormy with any rum other than Gosling’s Black Seal.

Another version of the drinks origin suggests that it was created when a drunken old sailor got mad because he was cut off and tricked with a glass of ginger beer. The sailor demanded rum, so the bartender poured some Gosling’s over the ginger beer where it clouded the top of the drink. The sailor allegedly stared into the glass and said it looked like storm clouds over the ocean. 


Paste magazine have something to say about what type of rum you should use:

“Made with ginger beer and Gosling’s Black Seal Rum — and only Gosling’s Black Seal Rum — and garnished with a lime, the Dark ‘n’ Stormy is the official cocktail of Bermuda. For those of us who play fast and loose with cocktail construction, this particular drink presents a bit of a challenge. The recipe is trademark-protected, and fiercely defended.”

You can read more about the origins of this naval drink on sailing website, 

Journalist, Steve Huff, wrote an article regarding Gosling’s trademarking of the cocktail for Maxim in 2018 entitled Here’s Why the Dark ‘N’ Stormy Is The World’s Most Litigious Cocktail, which can be found here.

Ingredients & Equipment

We recommend using a good dark rum like Gosling’s Black Seal to get all the dark flavours coming through. Feel free to use your favourite ginger beer, though we recommend sticking with the classic: Old Jamaica fiery ginger beer.


  • 50ml Dark Rum
  • 20ml Lime Juice
  • 2-3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wedge to Garnish



  • Jigger/Measure
  • Mexican Elbow
  • High-Ball Glass
  • Cubed Ice
  • Take your high-ball glass
  • Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 20ml of lime juice and add it to the glass
  • Fill the glass with cubed ice
  • Fill the glass with ginger beer, leaving about an inch of space at the top
  • Using your jigger to measure, carefully pour the rum into the drink so it floats
  • Add a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Garnish with a lime wedge
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.