The Dark and Stormy cocktail is an easy-to-make, refreshing drink that combines dark rum with ginger beer and lime juice. The preferred rum in a Dark and Stormy, mostly due to heavy marketing, is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. It makes a fine drink indeed, but play around with other dark rums to see what you prefer.
When making a Dark and Stormy, the most important thing is to use actual ginger beer. Ginger ale just won’t do, as it’s not nearly spicy enough to stand up against the rum. Depending on your rum of choice, play with the ratios to get the right balance of rich rum to spicy ginger beer. From there, the addition of some fresh lime juice really ties the room together.
Dark and Stormy
2 ounces dark rum
3 ounces ginger beer
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a collins glass with ice, and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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