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Dark and Stormy Cocktail in Caskata Lucy Whiskey Glass

American Classic Cocktails: Introducing The Dark & Stormy

It's time to find a new watering hole and in times like these, the beach feels just right. Enough fresh air to go around and a healthy sea breeze relaxes the urge to jump ship because life has hit rocky waters. When the sun starts to set it's officially cocktail hour and on the beach I keep it simple with a Dark & Stormy- a bright tasting cocktail with hints of lime and a bite from the ginger and dark rum combination.

I like to believe that the reason sailors are drawn to this drink is that it's as easy to mix topside as it is beachside. However, every good drink has a story behind it and this one's origin (of which there are many) is believed to have come from Bermuda after WWI when a sailor described the looks of this drink to be reminiscent of storm clouds which no smart sailor should ever sail under.

Despite its popularity I was surprised to learn recently that not everyone is familiar with the Dark & Stormy. Perhaps my island roots make it a more familiar cocktail with rum being as ubiquitous as water. To ensure everyone has the chance to enjoy this refreshing cocktail, I'll float it by you in our new sand etched by hand Lucy On-the-Rocks Glass.

Dark & Stormy


  • 3 oz. ginger beer (Barritts is the original from Bermuda, but has high fructose corn syrup in it, so if you want something a more pure I recommend Fever-Tree) 
  • 2 oz. dark rum (I prefer Gosling's Black Seal Rum)
  • lime wedge

  1. Pour ginger beer over ice. 
  2. Add rum. To get fancy you can float the rum by turning a spoon upside down close to the ginger beer and gently pour the rum over it. 
  3. Squeeze lime and enjoy!


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