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Dark And Stormy Cocktail

Drinks | May 26, 2015 | M Sal
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  • 5 Minutes
  • Serves 1

M Sal shares his take on a Dark and Stormy Cocktail!

Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky… Stormy Weather…

The opening strains of this haunting song made me think of a cottage afternoon when a rainstorm sweeps across the lake.

This Dark and Stormy cocktail is a great companion as you observe the gathering storm on the lake and… in your glass!

I first discovered this cocktail in Charleston, South Carolina. Made with Charleston’s infamous Blenheim ginger ale, my first sip assured me of two things: a return visit to Charleston, and a personal pledge to recreate this tasty cocktail!

You’re going to want to try this and will first need to find an attractive tumbler or highball in which you’ll capture nature’s brooding beauty in a glass. Select a vessel with lots of character like this depression glass gem I found in the cottage kitchen.

Begin by pouring 2 ounces of dark rum into an ice filled glass. I used Kraken’s dark rum and think the sea creature label conjures up the brewing bluster on and below the water’s surface. Top up with your favourite ginger beer leaving room for a splash (1 tablespoon) of freshly squeezed lime juice. Garnish with lime zest and a wedge of lime.

Give the glass a gentle nudge and watch the dark rum sway seductively as the effervescent ginger beer swirls and sashays around the ice.

Now sit back and enjoy the summer storm with your own tempest in a tumbler!

We offer the above recipe with a reminder to please drink responsibly!


3 Responses to “Dark And Stormy Cocktail”

  1. Lee says:

    This is one of my favourites!

  2. Anahita Belanger says:

    Delicious! Have one in my hand right now…great recipe.

  3. […] suggest serving this lovely treat with a memorable libation like our DARK & STORMY COCKTAIL. […]


Ingredients & Amounts

  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 6 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • lime zest, lime wedge and a straw as garnish


  1. Place ice cubes in an attractive drinking glass.
  2. Add dark rum and then fill almost to the top of glass with ginger beer.
  3. Add freshly squeezed lime juice and lime zest. Gently stir.
  4. Add garnish and straw. Serve immediately.
Listen on MUSIC

Listening to great music is an important part of every Weekend at the Cottage! For this post there were two choices – Billie or Lena. We went with Lena and I swear if you close your eyes, you’ll hear the storm in her heart! Stormy Weather (Remastered) – Lena Horne. Please visit iTunes to download this must-have album to your library!

M Sal

M Sal is a treasured friend who loves to create delicious meals and lovely libations whenever he joins us as a weekend guest. He also has a keen eye when it comes to collectibles and is now on the lookout for cool display stuff for the cottage. All in all... M Sal is one heck of a stylish guy!



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