Our trademarked cocktail had its origins in a Bermuda ginger beer factory run as a subsidiary to the Royal Naval Officer’s Club. They soon discovered that a splash of the local Goslings Black Seal Rum was just what the ginger beer was missing. The name was said to have originated when an old fisherman, observed that the drink was the “color of a cloud only a fool or dead man would sail under”. Probably followed by – “Barman, I’ll have another Dark ‘n Stormy!”
Dark ‘n Stormy®
• 6 oz. Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer
• 2 oz Goslings Black Seal Rum
• Lime wedge
Into a tall glass filled with ice, pour the ginger beer and float the rum on top.
Stir (until it looks like a storm cloud).
Optional garnish: Lime wedge.
In the spring of 1806 James Gosling, the oldest son of William Gosling, wines and spirits merchant, set out from Gravesend, Kent, England on the ship Mercury, with £10,000 sterling worth of merchandise, bound for America. After ninety-one desperate days on becalmed seas their charter ran out, and they put in at the nearest port, St. George’s, Bermuda. And the rest, as they say, is history. Delicious, deep, dark history.
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