Recipe Review

Escape to Bermuda with Dark and Stormy Cocktails Straight Up Cocktails

updated May 3, 2019
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Whether you’re catching some rays at a beach-side getaway, or enjoying a relaxing “staycation” at home, nothing beats the August heat like a tall, cool Dark and Stormy.

And, best of all, the national drink of Bermuda is almost as easy to make as it is to sip.

A simple highball-style cocktail, the Dark and Stormy is made with one part dark rum to four parts ginger beer. The smooth, rich warmth of the rum pairs beautifully with the spicy-sweet snap of the ginger beer, and everything takes on a refreshing chill when topped up with ice.

If you want a truly authentic taste, use Gosling’s Black Seal rum and Barritts ginger beer. Both brands are local to Bermuda and purists swear by them. (In fact, many will say that a drink made any other way is not a Dark and Stormy.) But authentic or not, any good-quality dark rum and any spicy, zippy ginger beer will make for a very tasty drink.

Dark and Stormy
makes one cocktail

2 ounces dark rum
8 ounces ginger beer

Combine rum and ginger beer in a highball glass and stir gently. Add ice cubes and garnish with a lime wedge.

Have you ever made Dark and Stormies? Which dark rum or ginger beer brands are your favorites? Let us know!

(Image: Nora Maynard)