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Dark and Stormy

Dark and Stormy

What makes the Dark and Stormy cocktail so iconic and popular, is the fact that is remarkably easy to make. What’s more, the majority of the ingredients you’ll likely have sitting in the kitchen cupboard already. The Dark and Stormy recipe calls for only three ingredients, albeit with a lot of spice. But don’t be mistaken, like any good cocktail recipe, there are dos and don’ts. No lime juice and no ginger ale, that’s the traditional method, but each to their own.
Total Time 50 mins
Course Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 1 cocktail


  • Sauce pan
  • Pitcher
  • highball glass


  • 5 ozs fresh ginger, peeled and grated (about 1 cup grated ginger)
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 cup turbinado or dark brown sugar
  • Zest of 1 lime plus juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cups cups sparkling water
  • 2 ozs dark rum
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for garnish


  • For the quick ginger beer: In a large saucepan add the grated ginger (along with any juice), allspice berries, cloves, sugar and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat. Add the lime zest and let steep while it cools, about 30 minutes. Strain into a pitcher and stir in the lime juice. Fill with sparkling water. Serve over ice within one day or use in a dark and stormy cocktail. Makes 5 cups.
  • For the dark and stormy: Fill a highball glass halfway with crushed ice. Add the rum and 5 to 6 ounces ginger beer. Top with lime juice, stir and garnish with lime slices. Serve immediately.
Keyword Alcohol, Cocktails, Dark Rum, Ginger, Ginger Beer