Dark N Stormy Cocktail


A Dark N Stormy Cocktail is an alcoholic beverage made with rum, lime juice, and ginger beer.

Dark N Stormy Cocktail Info

James Gosling was the oldest son of the wine and spirit merchant William Gosling. He set sail from Gravesend, England, on the ship Mercury, bound for America in 1806. After 91 days at sea, the charter was canceled, and the vessel was taken to St. George's in Bermuda.

The Goslings developed their dark rum, Black Seal, in 1860. Initially, it wasn't called Black Seal; it was sold from a barrel until the First World War. In the beginning, people brought their empty bottles for a simple fill-up, but the black rum was eventually sold in champagne bottles that were reclaimed from the mess of a British officer. The corks were then sealed with black sealing wax. People began asking for Black Seal pretty quickly.

The Dark 'n Stormy was created sometime after World War 1. It was born in a Ginger Beer Factory run by the Royal Naval Officer's Club. Sailors soon discovered that ginger beer could be enhanced with a large amount of local Gosling's Black Seal Rum.

The Dark 'n Stormy is the name of the drink. It was invented by a sailor, who commented while enjoying the cocktail that it was the color of a cloud. Only fools or dead men would be able to sail under it.

The Dark N Stormy Cocktail Name

While you cannot patent a drink recipe, you can trademark a name. That's exactly what Goslings did for the Dark 'n' Stormy. Similar to what Pusser's Rum did with the Painkiller cocktail. You're violating the law if you mix Dark 'n Stormy and anything else than Gosling's dark rum.

Dark N Stormy

An old trademarked cocktail.


5 from 2 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: England
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 60 ml Rum (Gosling’s Dark Rum)
  • 20 ml Lime Juice
  • 150 ml Ginger Beer


  • Start with an ice-filled highball glass.
  • Add lime juice.
  • Add ginger beer.
  • Add rum.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.
  • Serve.
Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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