The Dark ’n Stormy is a delicious, easy-to-make cocktail that features a refreshing trio of dark rum, ginger beer and lime. It also goes down a lot easier than the name might imply. It’s a close cousin to the Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer, lime) and should be an easy transition for vodka drinkers wanting to try something new.
Allegedly, this drink earned its name from a sailor who remarked that it resembled the color of looming storm clouds on the high seas. The Dark and Stormy is traditionally made with rum, lime juice, and ginger beer. Rum is made from sugar cane, so it's naturally sweet; lime juice cuts through that rich sweetness, along with ginger beer, which gives this drink a spicy kick.
2 ounces dark rum
3 ounces ginger beer
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, optional
Lime wedge, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Build the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice cubes, adding the lime juice if using.
Garnish with the lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.
Many recipes, including this one, call for a modest measure of lime juice to be added to the rum and ginger beer, which lends a pleasant kick of citrus. But the lime juice is optional. If you’re drinking in Bermuda, the cocktail will most likely be served with just rum and ginger beer, plus a lime wedge, so the drinker can squeeze the lime at their discretion. But any way it’s served, the Dark ’n Stormy is tasty and refreshing, so it’s hard to go wrong.
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