The Dark and Stormy Cocktail is a classic for a reason. Ginger beer and rum combine in this crazy simple and crazy delicious cocktail!
An Easy Two Ingredient Cocktail
If you're looking for an easy cocktail, it doesn't get much easier than a Dark and Stormy. All you need are two ingredients and a lime wedge. The only tricky part of a dark and stormy is deciding your ratio between the ginger beer (I used my favorite - Saranac) and the dark rum.
No one seems to agree, or rather everyone seems to agree to disagree. Chow gives a ration of 2 ounces of rum to 6 ounces of ginger beer. Rachael Ray gives a ration of 2 ounces of rum to 10 ounces of ginger beer! Michael Ruhlman gives a ratio of 3 ounces or rum to 3 ounces of ginger beer.
Pick Your Rum to Ginger Beer Ratio
Needless to say, I don't need to tell you what side of the fence Mr. Sidewalk Shoes was on. While the even half and half split of Mr. Rhulman was tempting, we settled on a 2 ounces of dark rum to 4 ounces of ginger beer (if for no other reason than our ginger beer came in a 12 ounce bottle and this ratio allowed for 3 drinks.)
Dark and Stormy Cocktail
This was classy, easy and very tasty! Since I always keep Ginger Beer and Rum in my liquor cabinet, I am always just minutes away from having this cocktail! Speaking of classic cocktails, one of my favorite cocktails books is The 12 Bottle Bar: A Dozen Bottles. Hundreds of Cocktails. A New Way to Drink. It walks you through creating classic cocktails with just a small stash. Of course, we are so far over 12 bottles, it's not even funny!
If you want to take your Dark and Stormy a little further, be sure and try my fall winter cocktail version, the Apple Maple Dark and Stormy! So good!
Looking for more rum cocktails:
This Vanilla Infused Rum is so easy and it makes a great gift for cocktail loving friends!
Another easy classic is the Hemingway Daiquiri!
Homemade Rumchata is a real crowd pleaser!
Feeling a little tiki-ish, everyone loves a classic Mai Tai.
For even more, be sure and follow my Rum Cocktails and Recipes Board on Pinterest.
Dark and Stormy
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- lime wedge
- Fill a rocks glass with ice.
- Pour in ginger beer.
- Slowly pour dark rum on top to float.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
- Stir when ready to drink.