Dark 'n' stormy

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Dark 'n' stormy
IBA official cocktail
TypeMixed drink
Base spirit
ServedOn the rocks: poured over ice
Standard garnishLime wedge
Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified
PreparationIn a highball glass filled with ice pour the ginger beer and top floating with the Rum.
NotesGarnish with a lime wedge or slice.
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 and simple syrup are also frequently added.[2][3][4] This drink is very similar to the Moscow mule except that the Dark 'n' Stormy has dark rum instead of vodka. The original Dark 'n' Stormy was made with Gosling Black Seal rum and Barritt's Ginger Beer,[5] but after the partnership between the two failed and the companies parted ways, Gosling Brothers created its own ginger beer.

Gosling Brothers claims that the drink was invented in Bermuda just after World War I.[6]

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.[7][8] Gosling's markets the drink through tie-ins to the sailing and sail racing community.[9]

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.[8] Gosling's has litigated or threatened litigation over the mark against Pernod Ricard,[10] Proximo Spirits,[6] Picaroons Traditional Ales, Infinium Spirits' Zaya, and a cocktail blog.[11]


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

Because of Gosling Brothers' threats of litigation, some sources use other variations on the name, such as "safe harbor", to offer similar drinks.[4]


A cider and stormy, or dark 'n' stormy cider,[12] or dark and stormy orchard,[13] is a mix of dark rum, apple cider, and ginger beer.[14] The fall dark 'n' stormy contains bourbon, apple cider, lemon juice, and ginger beer.[15]

See also[edit]

Other trademarked cocktails include:[7]

Related cocktails:

  • Buck (cocktail) (family of cocktails using ginger beer and lime; a dark 'n' stormy with lime juice may be called a rum buck)


  1. ^ a b "Dark 'N' Stormy". iba-world.com. International Bartenders Association. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  2. ^ Vanderberg, Madison. "14 easy 2-ingredient cocktails you can make at home". Insider.
  3. ^ "Dark and Stormy Drink Recipe". Esquire. 2015-02-01. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  4. ^ a b Dietsch, Michael (2014-10-06). Shrubs: An Old Fashioned Drink for Modern Times. The Countryman Press. ISBN 9781581576511.
  5. ^ "Does the Ginger Beer Matter in a Dark 'n' Stormy?". drinks.seriouseats.com. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  6. ^ a b Sullivan, Gail (2015-09-16). "Rum Maker Says Rival Infringed Dark 'N Stormy Trademark". Law360. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  7. ^ a b Haglage, Abby (2015-09-22). "Will the Real Dark N' Stormy Please Stand Up?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  8. ^ a b Miles, Jonathan (5 July 2009). "The Right Stuff (by Law)". New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Gosling's Rums becomes an Official Partner of the 2017 America's Cup". 35th America's Cup. Archived from the original on 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  10. ^ Kluft, David (2015-12-09). "A Toast To 2015 Wine And Beer Trademark Disputes: Part 2 - Law360". Law360. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  11. ^ Volz, Michael (2015-11-17). "A Courtroom Cocktail: Gosling Brothers and a Dark, Stormy Message". Bevlog. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  12. ^ "Dark 'n Stormy Cider". The Bermudian Magazine. September 30, 2019.
  13. ^ "Dark & Stormy Orchard | Spice Up the Holidays Announcement". Foodie With Family. November 23, 2012.
  14. ^ "This Dark and Stormy Recipe Includes Apple Cider". November 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "The Fall Dark 'N' Stormy". November 16, 2017.

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