The Dark ‘n Stormy is probably my favourite cocktail. It’s definitely the easiest and arguably the most refreshing one I know how to make. I certainly do a mean Mai Tai and have a couple of other tasty mixes in my repertoire, but for summer parties, this fiery chiller is my go-to drink. Last year around this time, I made a big batch for an all day BBQ and – oops – watched it practically vanish in minutes. Those Dark ‘n Stormies were a real hit on that sunny August day.
My own Dark ‘n Stormy recipe is embarrassingly simple: one part Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, two parts ginger beer, lime juice to taste (I usually squeeze half a good sized lime per drink). But here’s a video showing you how to make an “official” Gosling’s Dark ‘n Stormy. It’s not all that much more complicated than mine, and they say the lime is optional.
I’ve cheated before and used other rums. Bad results. It’s gotta be Gosling’s. And now the ginger beer can be Gosling’s too. And that’s awesome because, ginger beers tend to be too sweet or too spicy for cocktails. The two centuries old rum maker has now launched its own “Stormy” Ginger Beer. According to seventh generation president, Malcolm Gosling, it took more than a year to formulate the “perfect” ginger beer to pair with its rum: “We needed to hit the perfect balance between sweetness and spiciness.” It’s a zesty drink. I’m sipping some now. I reckon Gosling’s new Stormy Ginger Beer is a fine quencher on its own and would be the ideal default mixer for all sorts of cocktails calling for ginger beer.
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to write about Gosling’s new offering for weeks, but have just been so flat out busy I haven’t even been able to mix myself a nice drink to try it. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been having a blast. But I’ve hardly been home. And when I have been, I’ve been working or sleeping. Finally, I’ve got some free time. So, I’ve made myself a Dark ‘n Stormy and am now kicking back and settling in to watch the Olympics Closing Ceremony. I’m happy to report it’s going down a charm and was well worth the wait. Ah!