Cocktail of the Week: The Dark ‘N’ Stormy

It's almost Friday - ride out the storm with this rum-soaked sailor's tipple

If you can think of a more dramatically-named cocktail, we’d like to hear it.

The Dark ’N’ Stormy is a stalwart of the cocktail menu, and has been mixed around the world for almost a century. Created for the first time in Bermuda shortly after World War I, the drink is a creation of Gosling Brothers Limited – a Caribbean blender and distributors of rum.

This is a cocktail, as its turbulent title suggests, that is widely drunk in the sailing community – and the Gosling original is one of the key sponsors of this year’s America’s Cup, the 35th edition of the race this year held in Bermuda.

Although internationally revered, the Dark ’N’ Stormy is fairly simple ’n’ easy to make. Take a rocks glass and fill it with ice. Next, add 2 parts dark rum – Gosling Black Seal is the classic, but we’d recommend you try something with a little more age for a smoother sailing tipple, such as Havana Club’s 15 Year.

Top up with 3 parts ginger beer – a cloudy variety works best, with a silky texture, fresh taste and spicy warmth – and mix throughly, stirring the dark rum into the cloudy beer. Finally, take a ripe lime and cut a generous wedge, squeeze a little juice into the drink and then drop it in. Then raise anchor, kick back, and weather this storm in a cup.

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