“It was a dark and stormy night…..” It sure was last night in Bermuda. Not only do I love the name of this cocktail, I’m thrilled that Gosling’s actually made it a trademark. A true and proper Dark ‘N’ Stormy only consists of Barritt’s Ginger Beer, Gosling’s Black Seal Bermuda Rum, and fresh lime. If you have trouble getting your hands on some, Byron’s will happily order Bermuda’s finest directly to their warehouse and keep a small selection on shelf. However, you may certainly use any dark rum of your liking, just keep that a secret.
You might be wondering what in the world ginger beer is…
Simply put, ginger beer is a naturally effervescent drink made with real ginger root and sugar. The resurgence of Moscow Mule cocktails in the US lately have brought ginger beer back to life, and the market – making it even more accessible. However, ginger beer actually originated in England during the 1800’s and has been going strong in Bermuda (an English colony) ever since.
So what’s the difference between ginger beer and ginger ale? Ginger beer is actually brewed and fermented with fresh ginger while supermarket ginger ale is essentially made from water, corn syrup, artificially flavored ginger, and carbonation. Ginger beer yields an incredible hit of spicy ginger flavor combined with a natural effervescence, due to the fermentation process.
This tasty and refreshing cocktail is just as easy to make as it is to sip. The next time you see cloudy skies, the forecast might call for a Dark “N” Stormy. Treat yourself! I know I will.
2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Bermuda Rum
4 oz ginger beer
Raw sugar for the rim
Rub a lime wedge around the rim of an empty highball glass. Spread some raw sugar evenly on a plate. Tip the glass over and press it into plate of sugar to coat the rim. Fill the glass with ice. Pour 4 oz of ginger beer, top it with 2 oz of rum, and garnish with lime.