The Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail could be described as the seafarer’s cocktail, not least thanks to its spirit base of rum, traditionally the drink of sailors. At Old Havana, we use the splendid Havana club 7-year-old rum as its base.

As for its origins, these date back to just after World War 1. It is said that in a Ginger Beer Beer factory run by the Royal Naval Officer’s Club, sailors discovered that the local Gosling’s Black Seal rum added to the ginger beer made for a great combination. It was originally made with the Barritt’s Ginger Beer brand of Bermuda, which dates back to 1874!

Interestingly Gosling’s patented the name Dark ‘N Stormy (with the apostrophe before the N) in the 1990s, so if you call it, for example, Dark ‘N’ Stormy you are ok!

Why is it called Dark ‘N’  Stormy? Again this is believed to be down to a sailor who compared the swirling darkness to the kind of storm clouds that are not conducive to sailing under. On the other hand,  it could be said that the dark rum used is the dark part and the swirling ginger beer represents the clouds.

Anyway, it tastes great which is what it’s all about!


6 cl Dark Rum
10 cl Ginger Beer
Lime wedge to garnish


Fill a high ball glass with ice, add ginger beer, and top with rum. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Recipe: International Bartenders Association