Dark 'n' Stormy

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Dark 'n' Stormy
IBA Official Cocktail
Type Mixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish Lime wedge
Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified
Preparation In a highball glass filled with ice add 6cl dark rum and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.
dagger Dark 'n' Stormy recipe at International Bartenders Association

A Dark 'n' Stormy is a highball cocktail made with dark rum (the "dark") and ginger beer (the "stormy") served over ice and garnished with a slice of lime.[1] Lime juice is also frequently added.[2][3]

Gosling Brothers claims that the drink was invented in Bermuda just after World War I.[4]

Trademark and Litigation[edit]

Gosling Brothers building in Bermuda.

In the United States, "Dark 'n' Stormy" has been a registered trademark of Gosling Brothers Ltd of Bermuda since 1991.[5][6] Gosling's markets the drink through tie-ins to the sailing and sail racing community.[7]

Gosling Brothers uses this registration to prohibit US marketing of a drink under the name "Dark 'N Stormy", or a related, confusing name, unless it is made with Gosling Black Seal rum.[6] Gosling's has litigated or threatened litigation over the mark against Pernod Ricard,[8] Proximo Spirits,[4] Infinium Spirits' Zaya, and a cocktail blog.[9]


Gosling Brothers has registered a version of the name that uses one apostrophe ('N), while the International Bartender's Association uses two apostrophes ('N').[1]

Because of Gosling Brothers' threats of litigation, some sources use other variations on the name to describe similar drinks, such as a "Safe Harbor".[3]

See Also[edit]

Other trademarked cocktails include:[5]


  1. ^ a b "Dark 'N' Stormy". iba-world.com. International Bartenders Association. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Dark and Stormy Drink Recipe". Esquire. 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  3. ^ a b Dietsch, Michael (2014-10-06). Shrubs: An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times. The Countryman Press. ISBN 9781581576511. 
  4. ^ a b Sullivan, Gail (2015-09-16). "Rum Maker Says Rival Infringed Dark 'N Stormy Trademark". Law360. Retrieved 2017-07-06. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ a b Haglage, Abby (2015-09-22). "Will the Real Dark N' Stormy Please Stand Up?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  6. ^ a b Miles, Jonathan (5 July 2009). "The Right Stuff (by Law)". New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gosling's Rums becomes an Official Partner of the 2017 America's Cup". 35th America's Cup. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  8. ^ Kluft, David (2015-12-09). "A Toast To 2015 Wine And Beer Trademark Disputes: Part 2 - Law360". Law360. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  9. ^ Volz, Michael (2015-11-17). "A Courtroom Cocktail: Gosling Brothers and a Dark, Stormy Message". Bevlog. Retrieved 2017-07-06. 

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