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Hutch’s Happy Hour – Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

As promised, it’s the last Friday of the month and time for the next instalment of Hutch’s Happy Hour! This month, the cocktail couldn’t be much simpler. As we’re still just within the grips of Winter and at that time of year we’re all looking forward to or planning our summer holidays, I’ve gone for something warming with Caribbean vibes… if you haven’t guessed, February brings you the Dark and Stormy.


Dark and Stormy ingredients

  • 60ml Dark Rum (Hutch’s recommendation – East London Liquor Company Demerara Rum)
  • 90ml Ginger Beer (Hutch’s recommendation – Fever Tree Ginger Beer)
  • 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wheel garnish (optional)


How to make a Dark and Stormy

  • Fill a tall glass with ice
  • Add the rum, ginger beer and lime juice
  • Stir to combine
  • Garnish with lime wheel


I said it was easy!!!


London wedding photographer - Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe


Now…and I didn’t know this until I started researching the cocktail for this blog, this isn’t “legally” a Dark and Stormy cocktail. If I was to advertise this exact drink in a bar or restaurant as a Dark and Stormy I could be met with legal action against me (unless I was in Australia) but in the interest of this blog and my rebellious side, I’m sticking with it and will let you, the readers, be the judge.

How can it be against the law you may be asking? Lucky for you, I’m not going to leave you hanging…from what I gather, the drink was invented in Bermuda just after World War I, when some British sailors decided to mix their favourite Gosling’s Black Seal Rum with homemade ginger beer. It’s said the name itself came from a British soldier who saw the cocktail and described it as “the colour of a cloud that only a fool or a dead man would sail under.” You’ll often see the cocktail made with the rum almost floating on top of the ginger beer, as I have, further enhancing the idea of it resembling a black cloud.


London wedding photographer - Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe and close up of the layering


The astute among you will have noticed, as I did, that my creation doesn’t quite resemble as a dark a cloud as the story would suggest. Again, I’ve done the research so you don’t have to… Once described as being “as dark as motor oil” by a New York Times journalist in 2009; Gosling’s Black Seal Rum appears to be much darker than most dark rums you might find, particularly on the shelves in the UK.

And why could I call it Dark and Stormy in an Australian bar…quite simply, another distiller trademarked the name there first. So, there you have it, to make a real Dark and Stormy, you must use Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. I for one will definitely be buying myself a bottle, in the interests of research of course, and trying out the real deal. As Malcolm Gosling Jnr, whose family have owned Gosling’s since it was founded in Bermuda in 1806, is quoted as saying, “it’s not to say that other rums don’t taste good with ginger beer, it’s just nothing tastes like that.” [Presumably he had the cocktail in hand at the time], “Nothing tastes like a real Dark N Stormy.”


Whichever way you choose to go, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

As we’re off to Norway next week…




PS – did you see last month’s Old Fashioned cocktail?