Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Dan George | Mantitlement

Dark and Stormy Cocktail is a beautiful cocktail made with ginger beer and rum. Add some lime, and you've got one amazing drink!

Here’s a simple cocktail for you to try – an old one but a good one – a Dark and Stormy.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail Photo

Ginger beer had so many variations these days, from brands they sell at the grocery store to real craft-made ginger beer varieties.

As you may already know, as I found out only recently… ginger beer is not really beer! Like, there’s no alcohol in it.

I guess it’s more like a ginger soda than anything, but I’ll be totally honest, up until I made a Moscow Mule for the first time, I really thought ginger beer was… well… beer!

I worked at a Beer Festival last summer (tough gig, I know) and one of the biggest surprises to me was a company called Crabbie’s. They make an alcoholic ginger beer that’s unbelievable!

Crabbie’s makes a few different flavors of their ginger beer, a raspberry, strawberry lime and, of course, the original ginger.

Dark and Stormy Cocktail Picture

The day that I worked the beer festival was about 98 degrees. And humid. It was a legit heat-wave here in New Jersey.

I was sweating through my shirt in five minutes flat. But at the end of the day when we got to sit down in the shade and sample some of the vendors' beers, and one of my favorites was definitely Crabbie's ginger beer.

Crabbie’s make their ginger beer extra spicy which I think is key for making a Dark and Stormy.

The other key to making a Dark and Stormy, beyond really good ginger beer, is using a good quality, dark rum. You can float it on top or just mix it all in together, it’s up to you.

I prefer to float the rum on top because I like when the rum hits you at first, then the ginger beer comes through.

These drinks remind me of my last vacation to the beach, perfect for drinking on a hot summer day. But just because it’s winter – don’t let that stop you, they’re equally as good to drink watching the football game!

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Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

  1 Servings


  • 5 ounces Ginger Beer
  • 2 1/2 ounces Dark Rum
  • 2-3 slices Lime, Per drink


  1. Fill a glass with ice and pour in the ginger beer, then the rum. Garnish with lime wedges.
  2. If you want the rum to float on top, after you pour in the beer, slowly pour the rum over the back of a spoon into the glass.


Cooking Method:
No Cook
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Author: Dan George
Recipe Yields: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 240

% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrate 20g
  Sugars 20g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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