I’d like to begin this post by saying I’m a huge fan of Rum cocktails. I use a variety of spirits throughout any given shift at work, but I’m definitely stoked when someone comes in and tells me to make them something with Rum.
The Dark and Stormy is a very well known cocktail incorporating Black Rum, Ginger Beer, and fresh lime juice. The People at Goslings have gone as far as to trademark the name “Dark and Stormy” which calls for the drink only being made with their signature Black Bermuda Rum. That being said, this variation is not a true Dark and Stormy, but one that I feel gives the original a serious run for its money.
The difference in this cocktail is the introduction of Cruzan Black Strap Rum in place of Goslings. Cruzan is much darker, almost a jet black color. The flavor is extremely heavy on the molasses. It’s like sugarcane sprouted legs and ran over to kick you in the teeth. Definitely an amazing take on a traditional black rum.
I also insist on a quality Ginger beer. I feel Bundaberg, an Australian import is one of the best available.
So here’s what you’ll need:
-1oz fresh lime juice
-1 bottle Bundaberg Ginger Beer
-2oz Cruzan Black Strap Rum
Begin by pouring the fresh lime juice into your glass. Add ice.
Pour Ginger Beer until you are nearly to the top of the glass. Now carefully layer your Rum over everything.
Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!