Dark ‘n Stormy Recipe

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Dark ‘n Stormy Recipe

This Dark ‘n Stormy recipe is over 100 years old, but still hits all of the right flavour notes today. Super simple to pour, yet gorgeously zesty and refreshing to the core, it’s a great seaside sipper and tailormade for warm summer days. Here’s the best way to make one at home.  



Substitute soda water if you want to go low-sugar on this drink 


Try orange bitters for a flavour twist 


Pairs wonderfully with smoked meats and flavourful jackfruit tacos 



1 Person

60 Ml

2 Oz

2 Parts

90 Ml

3 Oz

3 Parts

ginger beer
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

lime juice (optional)
2 dashes of bitters
To garnish, a lime wedge



Fill a glass with ice, and add the ginger beer and optional lime juice


Float the rum on top and add a dash or two of bitters


Garnish with a lime wedge and serve

Best rum for a Dark ‘n Stormy

The best Dark ‘n Stormy recipe is made with a mellow dark rum. We prefer using Appleton Estate Signature Rum. This gorgeous amber-colored Jamaican rum has fruit-forward aromas with notes of dried apricots, fresh peach, and hints of molasses that pairs wonderfully with the zing of a good ginger beer.  

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What’s the difference between a Moscow Mule and a Dark ‘n Stormy?

A Moscow Mule has vodka as a spirit base, whereas a Dark ‘n Stormy contains dark rum. If you’ve ever seen someone sipping a cocktail from one of those fancy-looking copper mugs, odds are it’s a Moscow Mule.  

A classic cocktail with a long history, it’s surprisingly not from Russia but, instead, from the United States, originating in 1940s New York. It’s a sublime combination of vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer — and guaranteed to deliver a feisty kick!   

Are you supposed to stir a Dark ‘n Stormy?

The pretty layering effect that occurs in a well-poured Dark ‘n Stormy really adds to its visual appeal. As such, it’s recommended to serve it with a swizzle stick and let the drinker do the mixing themselves.   

What does a Dark and Stormy taste like?

The Dark ‘n Stormy is a simple but beautiful drink that combines the gorgeous notes of sweet, mellow rum, spicy ginger beer, and zingy lime, finished with a dash of bitters to complete the flavorsome harmony. 

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