There are few things more Bermudian than Bermuda shorts — except for maybe the Dark ’n Stormy® cocktail, of course. For seven generations, the Gosling family, the creators of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, has been sharing this refreshing cocktail with visitors and residents to the island. The Dark ’n Stormy’s origin story begins just after World War I in the ginger beer factory that was run as a subsidiary of the Royal Naval Officers’ Club. This is where sailors soon discovered that adding a splash of the local Gosling’s rum to the ginger beer was a tasty combination. Legend has it that the name of the Dark ’n Stormy was coined by an old salt, who, when observing the beverage as he held it in his hand, said that it was “the colour of a cloud only a fool or dead man would sail under.”
Today, the Dark ’n Stormy is hailed as Bermuda’s national drink — it’s even been inducted into the Cocktail Hall of Fame. But those looking to re-create the cocktail should be aware that there is only one real way to make it. Gosling’s holds the trademark on the Dark ’n Stormy, meaning that making the drink with any other brand of rum besides Gosling’s Black Seal Rum is unlawful. As the official rum and ginger beer of the 35th America’s Cup, there is no better way to enjoy a true taste of Bermuda than with this authentically Bermudian cocktail. Combine it with the view of a blazing orange sunset and a salty breeze, and you’ve got yourself the recipe for the ultimate Bermuda moment.
How to make a Dark ’n Stormy
• 6 oz Gosling’s Ginger Beer
• 2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
1. Load a tall glass with ice.
2. Fill glass with ginger beer.
3. Top with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.
4. Finish with a squeeze of lime (optional).