This ginger beer stormy cocktail recipe originated in Bermuda, just after War World I, and was quickly patented by Gosling’s Black Seal rum officially called a Dark ‘n’ Stormy. We just made a few tweaks to make it our own!

We loved this cocktail for its smooth rum flavor with hints of caramel and spice, while the equally spicy, fizzy ginger beer is complemented with a generous hit of fresh lime. The trick to mastering this cocktail is to find the golden ration of rum to lime to ginger beer, and while we listed quantities in this recipe that worked specifically to our taste buds, there’s no rule against experimenting on your own—in fact, we encourage it!

A word of caution—we tried subbing the ginger beer with ginger ale, since ginger ale is more commonly located at the supermarket, however the ‘cheat’ didn’t turn out as we had hoped. Legitimate ginger beer is essential for this ginger beer stormy cocktail to come full circle.

A delicious glass of ginger beer stormy cocktail

Ginger Beer Stormy Cocktail Recipe

You only need 3 simple ingredients to create the classic, ginger beer stormy cocktail with fresh lime!


Yield: 2 cocktails
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  • 4 oz dark rum
  • 6 oz ginger beer
  • 1 oz lime juice, the juice from 1 large lime
  • 2 wedges lime, for garnish if desired


  • Combine rum, ginger beer and lime juice in a shaker with ice then shake or stir.
  • Strain mixture into glasses filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge, if desired, then serve immediately.


A true Dark ‘n’ Stormy is made with Gosling’s Black rum, but any dark rum will do!
Calories: 173kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 0.04g, Saturated Fat: 0.005g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.004g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g
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