Last year we met up with Malcolm Gosling Jr. in The Bear Trap for some Dark ‘n Stormy fun. This year we’ve gotten some fun facts behind this Honda Classic favorite!
In case you missed it:
It’s the official cocktail of Bermuda: The Dark ‘n Stormy® is the official cocktail of Bermuda. In the 1920s, a factory in Bermuda was producing ginger beer, another favorite drink of the British, as a subsidiary to the Royal Naval Officers Club. British officers experimented with adding Goslings Black Seal Rum to the ginger beer they’d been brewing to help combat seasickness, and the rest is history.
The drink is trademarked: Goslings first registered the cocktail name Dark ‘n Stormy® in Bermuda on June 9, 1980. Goslings went on to register the U.S. trademark on the Dark ‘n Stormy in 1991, thereby officially recognizing that the only way to list or sell a Dark ‘n Stormy® is when the drink is made with Goslings Black Seal Rum and ginger beer. So, if a bartender mixes another rum with ginger beer, you can’t call it a Dark ‘n Stormy®.
According to 8th generation rum maker, Malcolm Goslings Jr. –
“The goal of the trademark is to protect the reputation and ensure taste consistency of the Dark ‘n Stormy®. Being a family business for over 200 years, we’ve always promoted the authenticity of our products, and it’s important that a Dark ‘n Stormy® be made in the proper way to ensure that the bartender is recreating the intended taste experience. Goslings Black Seal Rum has such a unique taste, that if another rum is substituted, the result is an entirely different cocktail. We want to deliver the intended experience to Dark ‘n Stormy® fans each and every time.”
What is the exact recipe? It’s one of the easiest cocktails in the world to make, always made the same way: ginger beer (preferably Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer, which was created specifically to be used in the Dark ‘n Stormy®), topped with a Goslings Black Seal Rum float. Lime is optional, enjoyment is mandatory.
Dark ‘n Stormy®
1.5 oz Goslings Black Seal Rum
Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer
In a tall glass filled with ice, add 4-5 oz. of Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer and top with a float of Goslings Black Seal Rum. Optional: Garnish with a lime wedge.
It comes in a can!: The ready-to-drink canned version is an authentic Dark ‘n Stormy and there is no compromise in taste.
What’s in a name?: Legend has it, an old fisherman saw the combination of ginger beer and Black Seal and compared its color to a “cloud only a fool or dead man would sail under,” and the name “Dark ‘n Stormy®” was born.