Cocktail of the month: GOLD + STORMY

A twist on the classic Dark 'n' Stormy


So simple, so good, the Dark ‘n’ Stormy is a classic, refreshing highball, supposedly emerging from Bermuda after the First World War, which combines the spicy delights of dark Caribbean rum and fiery ginger beer.

I’m not sure a Dark ‘n’ Stormy would even really qualify as a cocktail if it weren’t for the fact that it’s so easy to screw up; as a fan, I’ve had some truly atrocious ones. First up, it needs real fermented ginger beer, not ginger ale (which is really just fizzy water flavoured with ginger). There should be a pronounced ginger burn. Also, don’t come anywhere near me with your diet mixer – saccharine and other artificial sweeteners tend to really leap out in a cocktail, with a sharp, metallic tang. 

Finally, the choice of rum is really important. The brand most closely associated with Dark ‘n’ Stormy is Gosling’s Black Seal, but there are some truly excellent craft rums on the market these days, which will produce a more interesting character. We’ve gone for golden twist on this classic cocktail with Equiano. An excellent premium rum that really stands out in this serve, with rich notes of dried fruit and candied orange peel.

A lot of bartenders will add a squeeze of fresh lime, though to be honest if you’re using good ingredients this feels a little like gilding the lily. If you end up being served a Captain Morgan and Canada Dry though, knock yourself out.

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Simple, spicy and so refreshing


50ml Equiano

200ml quality ginger beer – Fever Tree or Barritt’s if you’re a purist

Twist of orange and lime peel to serve


Fill a highball glass with ice, pour over the rum, top up with ginger beer and garnish with orange and lime peel. Job done.

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