The Dark 'n' Stormy

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Author: TF
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Rum and Ginger Beer. The two ingredients you need to make a Dark ‘n Stormy right?

Well, almost. In fact, the two ingredients you actually need to make a Dark ‘n Stormy, one of the few trade-marked drinks, is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and ginger beer.

Now that’s a Dark ‘n Stormy! Anything else is a fake 'n phony.

Let’s set the scene. Imagine yourself on the beautiful island of Bermuda, home to the Gosling’s family who first set foot upon the shores in 1806. Rumour has it the the Dark ‘n Stormy, which just happens to be the national drink of Bermuda, was born in the ginger beer factory that was run as a subsidiary of the Royal Officer’s Club. The sailors discovered that a splash of the local Gosling’s Black Seal Rum made a ginger beer that bit tastier; OK, a lot tastier!

The name apparently originated when an old salt, held up his glass and looked through the liquid and noticed that the drink was “the colour of a cloud that only a fool or a dead man would sail under”. From that day onward the drink was born, and much enjoyed!

Decades later, the drink is still associated with sailing and the sea. Rather fittingly, Gosling’s has been named the Official Rum and Official Ginger Beer of the 35th America’s Cup, which includes two years of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events, building up to the final races to be staged in Bermuda in 2017.

Making the Dark ‘n Stormy is pretty easy. Minimum effort, maximum taste. All you need is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, ginger beer (ideally Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer) and a squeeze of lime.

Here’s how: Take a Collins glass or a highball and fill with cubed ice. Add 75ml of Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer and add 50ml of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum so that it floats on top of the ginger beer. Add a squeeze of lime if you like and enjoy!

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