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Dark n' Stormy

The Dark 'n Stormy

Josh Loring

The unofficial drink of Bermuda is the Dark 'n Stormy, a cocktail made using Goslings Black Seal Rum, which has been distilled and enjoyed on the island since 1806, and that allegedly got its name from a sailor that thought the drink resembled storm clouds. 

The story of the Goslings company is that the son of an English wine and spirits merchant set out from England for America with a ship full of merchandise, but after running out of supplies after ninety-plus days at sea, the ship came to port in St. George, Bermuda.  Fast forward to today, and the company is still family owned and operated seven generations later.

While it is certainly easy enough to get a Dark 'n Stormy at just about any restaurant or bar on the island, the recipe is easy enough that you can make your own without much fuss.

  • Add ice to a highball glass
  • Fill three-quarters the way up with Barritts Ginger Beer
  • Top off with Goslings Black Seal Rum
  • Garnish with lime

Despite the recipe being easy enough to follow, the ingredients you use must be very particular -  the Dark 'n Stormy is trademarked by Goslings, which means if you don't use Goslings Black Seal Rum, you can't call it a Dark 'n Stormy.  And while the brand of ginger beer you use is not governed by the trademark, Barritts Ginger Beer, another family owned business from Bermuda, is the preferred brand.