Cocktail: The Dark 'n' Stormy Recipe

Cocktail: The Dark 'n' Stormy Recipe

The name reminds me of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. "It was a dark and stormy night," opens the novel, giving off that clichéd horror film quality. But it was a reality yesterday afternoon in Washington, D.C. Such is the case for many seemingly sunny days here, which can be all fine and dandy in the mid-70s but by mid-afternoon get annoyingly wet and drippy. predicts T-storms all week. Grrrr.

A drink to make up for our damp clothes?

The Bermudan dark rum–based Dark and Stormy, made with ginger beer and lime juice. It kind of tastes like a citrus-spiked gingerbread cookie (in a good way). The rum makes you feel all warm inside, but the lime aftertaste reminds you that gingerbread isn't for a few more months. This one's so easy to swallow, perhaps it could be considered a girly drink? But then again, old Bermudan men down these all the time.

  • Yield:one


  • 2 shots rum (Go for Goslings, the classic Bermudan brand, used in this and the island's fish chowder. A 750mL bottle is about $18.)  
  • 8 ounces ginger beer (I used Reeds brand, and experimented with all flavor permutations--original, premium, and extra ginger. Go with extra ginger.)  
  • lime


  1. 1.

    Pour two shots of rum over ice. Add the ginger beer. Add the juice of half of the lime. Stir well. If you're really daring, attempt a lime curlicue garnish--slice off the lime's skin in one peel, then roll it up like a cinnamon roll. Cut about a centimeter apart, untwist, and add to drink.