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Drinking the Caribbean: Bermuda's Dark 'n Stormy

By January 14, 2012

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If ever there was a perfect match of liquor and mixer, it would be Gosling's Black Seal Rum and ginger beer. A product of Bermuda, Gosling's has a distinctive, spicy flavor that doesn't always play well with other cocktail mixers, but there's something about the equally aromatic ginger beer that offsets it perfectly.

The resulting mix is the Dark 'n Stormy, the national drink of Bermuda. It's a simple recipe -- rum, ginger beer, and a slice of lime -- but it's still important to get it just right. First, you need to use the Gosling's rum, not any other spiced rum. Second, seek out the authentic Barritt's ginger beer (also from Bermuda) or the Gosling's brand, made by the same company. You may find Jamaican ginger beer in the supermarket, but the taste isn't quite right. And don't even think about substituting ginger ale!

If you got the right stuff, the rest is pretty simple. Here's the recipe from my nightstand at the Rosewood Tucker's Point hotel in Bermuda:


1.5 ounces of Gosling's Black Seal Rum
Barritt's Ginger Beer
Garnish with lime (optional)

A few quick additions: I don't consider the lime optional. I fill my glass halfway with ice, twist a lime slice and drop it in, then pour the rum over both before adding the ginger beer. I've seen the drink served unmixed -- the rum floating over the ginger beer -- but I prefer to stir mine. If you've never had a Dark 'n Stormy before, it's well worth experiencing for a true taste of Bermuda!

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January 16, 2012 at 10:11 am
(1) Robert Burr says:

The Dark & Stormy is a classic mix of ginger beer and rum. I prefer to have the rum floating on top, representing dark clouds over a stormy sea, but served with a swizzle stick, the customer can easily mix it up. When using a very fine rum, the float allows one to sip the spirit in all it’s glory before slowing mixing into the bright, effervescent liquid. Keep up the god work Robert!

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