The Dark ‘n Stormy

Be very careful when you fix yourself a Dark ‘n Stormy.  Making it incorrectly could land your ass in the slammer.

The drink is actually protected by a trademark owned by the Gosling family, makers of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.  So technically, if you use any other brand of rum to make this cocktail, you are breaking the law.

The Goslings ain’t kidding either.  Check out this 2009 article from The New York Times.

I have actually tried this drink with other rums, and I honestly feel that the Black Seal improves it. I’m generally not a rum fan to begin with. The sugary flavor tends to overwhelm my taste buds, but Black Seal’s sweetness is a little darker and aromatic with some hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Met head on by the fizzy pepper flavor of the ginger beer, the rum is blunted just enough to make a fan out of any drinker born without a sweet tooth or a pirate for a mother or father. So steer clear of the half-bottle of Captain Morgan you’ve been holding on to since your college days, and go for the Black Seal. The Gosling family thanks you.

The Dark and Stormy

  • 2  ounces Gosling’s Black Seal rum
  • 4 ounces Reed’s Ginger Beer
  • Lemon or lime slice garnish
  • (some variations include up to 1/2 ounce of lime juice)

Fill a glass with ice.  Pour over the rum (and lime juice if including).  Top off with the ginger beer and stir.

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4 thoughts on “The Dark ‘n Stormy

  • August 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I suppose that’s not too big of a stretch – I know some Colombians who like to drink Colombian rum (ron) mixed with ginger ale. I prefer rum in either egg nog or hot cider (both with cinnamon), but the Dark n’ Stormy sounds like a tasty “top shelf” drink.

  • August 7, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    So funny I was just talking about Dark and Stormys with bloggers at Blogher. Apparently they are the next best thing. I can see why.

  • August 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Joanne – it’s kismet! We are to be married within the month. Or it was just an interesting coincidence. I guess we’ll know by month’s end. And your cd’s (I made more than one) are going out this week! Thanks for stopping by.

  • August 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Not my favorite rum drink by any means, Val, but not bad and (importantly) simple to make, so… good for entertaining. I’ve recently discovered a recipe for a rum drink called the “Honolulu Lulu” which I’m loving quite a bit more, but it involves way more ingredients. Post to come soon, no doubt. Thanks for your comment – Gary

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