The Dark and Stormy Cocktail is a classic for a reason. Ginger beer and rum combine in this crazy simple and crazy delicious cocktail!
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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!
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!
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.