How To Make a Classic Dark and Stormy Rum Cocktail

How To Make a Classic Dark and Stormy Rum Cocktail

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Here's a classic cocktail to add to your summer entertaining mix.

With just a few ingredients, you can mix up a classic dark and stormy cocktail to refresh an evening.

Photo of two dark and stormy cocktails

Legend says these rum cocktails were popular with sailors - maybe pirates! - to calm their stomachs on rough seas.

Ginger is known to soothe the stomach and is the main mixer in a dark and stormy cocktail.

Photo of cock and bull ginger beer bottle

The ginger adds the perfect amount of flavor and bite to this summer beverage.

With a lime garnish and juice, there's nothing more refreshing than a dark and stormy cocktail to welcome a summer evening.

Photo of dark and stormy cocktail with lime garnish

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How To Serve Dark and Stormy Rum Cocktails

Much like a Moscow mule, dark and stormy cocktails combine ginger beer with vodka instead of rum.

The typical copper mug is a frosty delight when serving a Moscow mule and can be used for dark and stormy cocktails as well.

Alternatively, I love to serve my summer cocktails in unbreakable melamine tumblers.

For best results, fill tumblers with ample ice and pour over the rum, ginger beer and lime juice into each glass.

Add a wedge of lime as garnish and serve!

For larger parties, combine rum with bottles of ginger beer and fresh lime juice in a punch bowl.

Offer tumblers in a chilled ice bucket for guests to take and serve themselves.

A bowl of cleaned and cut limes are a welcome touch!

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Dark and Stormy Cocktail Variations

Have fun creating your very own dark and stormy cocktails.

If you prefer light rum, start there and add any variety of tart and delicious mixers.

Add muddled fruits such as peach or strawberries.

Substitute lemons for limes in a pinch.

Try different ginger beer brands and find the one you love.

If you get in a pinch, use ginger ale with plenty of lime juice to cut the sweetness.

And if you prefer a mocktail, combine tart ginger beer with lots of fresh lime juice and sparkling water or club soda.

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Classic Dark and Stormy Rum Cocktail

Servings: 1


  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins




  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 3 oz ginger beer (Cock and Bull is a good one!)
  • Juice from a 1/4 of a fresh lime
  • Lime garnish (optional)


  1. Combine rum and ginger beer in a shaker.
  2. Pour into an ice filled glass.
  3. Add lime juice and stir.
  4. Top with lime garnish.
  5. Enjoy!