Dark & stormy cocktail served in a tall glass with a straw

Dark & stormy cocktail

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins


Serves 1

Combine dark rum, ginger ale and citrus to make a classic dark & stormy. Once you've mastered the cocktail favourite, try our three twists...

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal195
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 50ml dark rum
  • 25ml fresh lime juice, plus a wedge to serve
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 5ml sugar syrup (optional)
  • 100ml chilled ginger beer (a good fiery variety)


  1. Put all the ingredients in a Collins or Highball glass over lots of ice, stir gently and garnish with a wedge of lime.

    3 TWISTS

    Orange mule
    Bring a sunburst of citrus to the brooding dark & stormy by making it with two dashes of orange bitters instead. Angostura orange bitters will give the drink more spicy, marmalade notes, while Bitter Truth orange bitters taste much more of freshly-peeled orange zest. Then make the drink as normal and garnish with a lime wedge.

    Minty mule
    Take inspiration from the mojito and mix up a dark & stormy twist with 50ml dark rum, 25ml lime juice, bitters and ginger beer served over crushed ice, garnished with a wedge of lime and a fragrant sprig of mint (for best results, give the mint a clap between your palms before tucking it into the drink as this will help to release the aromatic oils). Then add two straws and enjoy.

    Mexican mule
    Tequila really loves ginger and lime and all three come together beautifully in this Mexican twist on the mule. Just make the drink as normal but instead of rum, use a nice lightly-aged reposado tequila like Ocho or Olmeca Altos – it will give the drink a whole new layer of interest.

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Kathryn Ebdon's picture
Kathryn Ebdon
11th Jul, 2019
This is not a dark & stormy recipe, there is only one Dark & Stormy and it's made with Black Rum (Goslings Black Seal from Bermuda ideally) & Ginger Beer, no mucking about with sugar syrup (that must make it so sickly) and fiery ginger beer not insipid ginger ale. This is a recipe for a completely different drink with a load of added extras that just aren't needed.
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Billy Biggles
5th Jul, 2019
From the photo it looks like ginger ale has been used instead of ginger beer. Surely a good fiery English ginger beer like Fentiman's would look a whole lot stormier?
Stormy Daniel
4th Apr, 2019
To be truly authentic this cocktail should be made with Goslings Black Seal Rum as they have trademarked the cocktail name and recipe. But really, any good dark rum should do. The Angostora bitters and the sugar syrup, though, are definite no-nos.
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Billy Biggles
5th Jul, 2019
Yeah, I'm with you on the syrup and bitters thing. No need for that. My preference is for Woods' Navy Rum.
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