The Dark ‘N Stormy cocktail was first invented by the Gosling brothers in the 1970s. Although similar in many ways to a Moscow Mule, the drink is distinctive as it is made using rum instead of vodka. In addition, it is very unique as it is one of only four cocktails in the world to be officially trademarked. This means that in order to legally list a Dark ‘N Stormy on a menu, it must be made using Goslings Black Seal Rum. The other three officially trademarked cocktails include the ‘Hand Grenade’, the ‘Painkiller’ and the ‘Sazerac’.
Goslings was founded by James Gosling back in 1806. As the oldest son of William Gosling, a wine and spirit merchant, he decided to set sail for the Americas from Gravesend, England to try and create a business abroad. Unfortunately, his charter ran out before he could make it and so he docked at the nearest port, which happened to be Bermuda. Consequently, his shop was set up in Bermuda and in 1857, he launched his infamous aged rum. Although it was initially sold straight from the barrel, it soon started to be decanted it into old champagne bottles, using black wax to seal it, hence the drink became named ‘Black Seal Rum’.
When the Goslings first launched their signature ‘Dark ‘N Stormy’ cocktail, they made it using Barritt’s ginger beer, delicately combined with their very own Black Seal Rum. However, the collaboration later fell through and so Goslings created their own ginger beer.
Although the Dark ‘N Stormy only became an officially recognised drink when it was trademarked by Goslings in the 1970s, it has existed for far longer than that. As the national drink of Bermuda, many believe that the delicious combination of ginger beer and rum became popular in the Navy back in the 1800s. This was because rum was abundant and when combined with ginger beer, it was the perfect way to cure seasickness and lift spirits! Furthermore, it is believed that the drink got its name due to the dark rum which is used and Stormy as it is the official drink of Bermuda, the shipwreck capital of the world…
Due to the trademark of a ‘Dark ‘N Stormy’, we have named our version of the drink, which uses Beeble Honey Rum, a ‘Dark ‘N Swarmy’ (we also thought this would be a little more on brand…!). To make this delicious drink, we like to fill a highball glass with ice, followed by a good splash of Beeble Honey Rum. Then add a squeeze of lime juice and top up with ginger beer to taste. If you want to jazz it up, you can also add a few dashes of angostura bitters, to make you really buzz!
So why not give it a try! ~ Full Recipe Below ~
NB: If you like it, give us a buzz at firstname.lastname@example.org as we’d love to hear your thoughts – equally if you come up with any delicious variations on our recipe let us know!
Dark ‘n’ Swarmy Recipe
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serving size: 1
- 50ml Beeble Honey Rum
- Juice of ½ Lime
- 100 ml Ginger Beer (or to taste)
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Fill a Highball Glass with Ice
- Add all the ingredients to the glass and stir
- Garnish with a wedge of lime
Written by Hester