• Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Dark and Stormy Cocktail

This is a simple, classic recipe for a dark and story. Isn’t it pretty?! I love the blend of colors. It reminds me of a sky before a storm comes which I’m sure must be where it gets its name.

The secret to a delicious dark and story is using very strong ginger beer. You can use ginger ale, but it doesn’t have the same robust flavor as ginger beer or the spicy quality so it’s worth seeking out ginger beer for this particular cocktail since the ginger beer is what carries the majority of the flavor.

So, a little bit about rum drinks and then we’ll get to the drink recipe…

Rum and coke has always been my drink of choice. Being from Annapolis, Maryland, the self-proclaimed sailing capital of the world, it’s what people drink to pay homage to the sailors of years’ past I suppose. Here’s some interesting discussion about the origins of rum if you’re interested, dating back to the 1700. Rum was common in the Caribbean and was rationed to sailors by the Navy. So there are a few reasons why rum and pirates are typically lumped together.

Having just returned home from a Disney cruise (an amazing experience!), I have pirates, boats, and rum on the brain and so I thought I’d share some of the experience with you in the form of a rum cocktail recipe. If you want to see a few pic form our trip (and get a recipe for another of my favorite cocktails), check out my Piña Colada recipe post! If you’re getting into making craft cocktails like I am 🙂 check out my Raspberry Gin Fizz post too while you’re at it.


  • 1. Fill a highball glass with ice then add rum, ginger beer and bitters.
  • 2. Garnish with a lime and serve.