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.