Dark & Stormy

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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.

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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 mule was drink apparently invented by John G. Martin the owner of ‘Cock n Bull’ ginger beer.

He claimed to have invented this cocktail alongside a group of drinking friends as he mixed two ounces of vodka with his ‘Cock n Bull’ ginger beer and a squeeze of lime.

He armed himself with a camera and set out across the States, using the drink to market his ‘Cock n Bull’ ginger beer as well as Smirnoff vodka. High sales of Smirnoff vodka were reported at the time but no data was recorded for ‘Cock n Bull’. This was said to be the beginning of the vodka craze.

Apparently the national drink of Bermuda,  the locals will insist you use a good Bermudan rum for this, like Gosling’s Black Seal. Gosling’s have brought out their own ginger beer for the Dark & Stormy and in Bermuda they use a brand called Barritts. There’s lots of great ginger beer to try so have a good look around and try a few different brands.

As the Dark & Stormy is a rum based drink it follows that it is based in a naval history, when the navy were still given a rum ration, ginger was known to aid in sea-sickness, so it could be that the two eventually got mixed.

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Ingredients & Equipment


  • 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!


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