Cocktails and Dreams: Dark 'N' Stormy


Despite the fact that I spent my early 20’s building a collection of empty Gosling Black Seal Rum bottles, I had never had a Dark ‘N’ Stormy until my bachelor party.  The day’s events had, as it does, stumbled into the evening, where we found ourselves at a massive pool hall.  I was pounding cocktails with a ferocity of a man whose about to make a life commitment, yet the alcohol hadn’t hit yet.  My friend appeared and handed me a glass.  I gratefully took a sip, and asked what this incredible concoction was.  A Dark ‘N’ Stormy was the reply.  I finished the drink quickly and recklessly.  It was at this point, where everything hit at once, and I spent the next fifteen minutes holding onto the table for dear life and praying someone would bring nachos so that I could orient myself with food.  The rest of the night belongs in lore, not on these pages, so let’s move onto the Dark ‘N’ Stormy.

The Dark ‘N’ Stormy was introduced in the post-World War 1 United States by the Gosling Brothers.  A Bermudian distillery specializing in rum, namely dark rum.  They trademarked the name Dark ‘N’ Stormy, requiring that any time the cocktail is made, their Black Seal Rum (named for the black sealing wax used originally on the bottles), must be used. In a highball glass filled with ice add 4 – 5 oz of Ginger Beer and top with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge.

I was recently introduced to a takeoff of the Dark ‘N’ Stormy which I found to be outstanding.  The Nor’easter is a wintry cocktail and its ingredients are as follows:

2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce maple syrup
Ginger Beer

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Top with ginger beer.