dark and stormy {cocktail}

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dark and stormy cocktail | movita beaucoup

A few weeks back, whilst celebrating Bill Beaucoup’s birthday and being disgusted by Rosie Beaucoup’s broken wrist, I was introduced to the Dark and Stormy. It’s the sort of drink that makes you feel better about being stuck on level 65 of Candy Crush for two weeks straight. It is both spicy and refreshing at the same time. It also does all sorts of awesome to your head when you drink a few on a really hot summer’s night. (Lesson learned.)

dark and stormy cocktail | movita beaucoup

Turns out the Dark and Stormy is the national drink of Bermuda. I’m not sure if that’s been officially declared, but I think they really should consider putting it on their flag. 2.0 likes to call it the Dark and Cozy. Probably because if you have too many of ‘em, things go all dark and someone has to throw a blanket over you after you curl up on the floor.

dark and stormy cocktail | movita beaucoup

Because 2.0 and I are really into science, we tested a few recipes for you. It’s all about ratios, yo. Some recipes call for a 1:1 ratio of ginger beer to rum. We found that this makes you insanely drunk if you are even the least bit thirsty, and it’s hard to eat dinner when you can’t feel your teeth. So, with further testing, we found that a ratio of 3:1 suited our tastes and need for functionality – that’s three parts ginger beer to one part dark rum. But feel free to get jiggy with the proportions.

dark and stormy cocktail | movita beaucoup

I’d like to suggest that you make your Dark and Stormy utilizing the following method (I am not suggesting that this is, in any way, how they make ‘em in Bermuda):

  1. Load the soundtrack to Cocktail into your ghetto blaster and press play.
  2. Throw some ice cubes into a glass.
  3. Squeeze some lime juice over the ice.
  4. Throw half a slice of crystallized ginger in there – it will make your drink extra spicy.
  5. Slowly pour the ginger beer over the ice. (Try to find a brand with decent kick.)
  6. Slowly top with dark rum. The rum will sit atop the ginger beer like a storm cloud. People will clap.
  7. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  8. Gently stir before drinking.
  9. Make fun of anyone wearing Bermuda shorts.

dark and stormy cocktail | movita beaucoup

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Dark and Stormy {Cocktail} – print and make

  • ice
  • limes, cut into wedges
  • crystallized ginger
  • ginger beer (try to find a brand with some spicy kick)
  • dark rum

Throw some ice cubes into a glass.

Squeeze some lime juice over the ice.

Throw half a slice of crystallized ginger in – it will make your drink extra spicy.

Slowly pour the ginger beer over the ice.

Slowly top with dark rum – the rum will sit on the ginger beer like a storm cloud. I like a ratio of one ounce of dark rum for every three ounces of ginger beer – adjust according to your own tastes.

Garnish with a lime wedge.

Gently stir before drinking.

48 Responses to dark and stormy {cocktail}

  1. emmalina73 July 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Your dedication to science and to the furthering of our species is inspiring. It is people like you who will save us all when the sun finally decides that it is time to gobble us up like a tasty blue and white treat but will be deflected by a device that you made out of science stuff you had lying around the lab and a bunch of bottles that you hadn’t taken to the recycling yet. And thank god you didn’t. I will sleep safe in my bed tonight my friend, you’ve got planet earth covered.

    Unless you are wasted that night in which case we are screwed.

  2. Eggton July 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Your photography is blowing me away. As they say in Bermuda, they’re “awesome.”

  3. musingmar July 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Ooh, that sounds like some kicky fun drink!

  4. Lan | morestomach July 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    it took me 1+ week to complete level 65, only for it reappear in one of the quests. eff that level so hard.
    although i have yet to try drunk Candy Crush. you might be on to something…

  5. chagrinnamontoast July 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Fantastic! I love dark and stormies! They’re one of my favorite drinks though I like to call them sturm und drang.

  6. cecilia July 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    And hawai-ian shirts, can I make fun of them too!? Hickup Hic .. oops did not get past your first ratio recipe!

  7. Sharon July 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    This is actually the national drink of my house. If I knew where the damn flag was, I’d show you.

  8. ibreatheimhungry July 29, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    First, those photos are OFF DA HOOK YO! Definitely making me super thirsty. Second, I’ve retired from candy crush after getting stuck on level 70. Here’s a parting Candy Crush Pro Tip from someone who knows from experience: STOP PLAYING CANDY CRUSH WHILE DRUNK and you might actually be able to beat level 65!!!! It worked for me anyway. Then I immediately got drunk to celebrate. See? It’s all about priorities….

    • movita beaucoup August 19, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      I’m now stuck on Level 97.

      I WILL NEVER STOP CRUSHING.

  9. Amy July 30, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Well I don’t drink so I can’t say how delicious this sounds…but what gorgeous photos!!! I love the separation of color in the drink. So so pretty. And i’m sure it does taste amazing ;)

    • movita beaucoup July 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      Honestly, you could leave the rum out and you’d still have a lovely, spicy treat! Sure, it wouldn’t be all stormy and stuff, but still…

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 30, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    I’m sitting on a packed airplane right now. In the row in front of the bathroom. Back of the bus. I need like 4 of these. Pronto. Yum!!

    • movita beaucoup July 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

      I really want to feel bad for you. And then I remember where you are going.

  11. allythebell July 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    I’ve recently discovered alcoholic ginger beer. I’m strongly tempted to use it in this recipe, but I also suspect that might be a very bad idea.

  12. jessieharrold July 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Mmmm….one of my favourite drinks! What is your favourite ginger beer to use?

    Also, have you tried amaretto and ginger beer. Eff yeah. Just sayin.’ You probably should know.

    • movita beaucoup August 19, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      Thanks for this information. I will begin drinking amaretto and ginger beer immediately.

      As for the brand of ginger beer we use? We, uh, use whatever we can a) find, and b) find on sale. We be pathetic. Lately, we like Grace/Famous Island Soda. It’s got a nice kick.

  13. Renee July 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    First off, your photos are killing me. And making me thirsty. Second, I wish our provinces were much closer so I could pop in whilst you’re making these. We could talk about cats and baking and favourite John Cusack movies. Damn this country for being so gigantic!

    • movita beaucoup August 4, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      I ADORE JOHN CUSACK. How did you know. Gawd, it’s like we were MFEO.

      (Made For Each Other.)

  14. shannon July 31, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    those are some really “come hither” drink photos…just saying. they are drawing me IN with their sexiness.
    you know what i like best about this? it’s not pink or frilly, but it’s not whiskey-based either, which means i can drink it. rather, i want to drink it. LOTS.

    • movita beaucoup August 4, 2013 at 8:08 am #

      Whiskey is far too sophisticated and grown up for my house. As is scotch on the rocks. Beer and rum? Different story!

  15. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen August 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    With the summer I’ve had, I need 1:1 and the inability to feel my teeth, lol! Your post has definitely lifted my spirits and made my entire week!! I just love coming over here and getting my happy on, Movita!! I hope you are having an awesome one, but I will have to go back to see what I’ve missed! xx

    • movita beaucoup August 4, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks, Smidge! I’m having a 1:1 kind of week too. I guess that means this drink is versatile! xox

  16. Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes August 7, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    The first time I tried a Dark n Stormy I’m pretty sure they made it with a 1:2 ratio of ginger beer to rum…I can’t be too sure that because that night is a little bit hazy!! The 3:1 ratio sounds like a MUCH better ratio!

    • movita beaucoup August 8, 2013 at 8:09 am #

      Whelp, Lily, I suppose it depends on whether you want to forget stuff, now doesn’t it?!

  17. ashleyblom August 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I looove dark and stormies! The perfect summer night cocktail. I used to get them after my shift at the Fenway restaurant I worked at through college.

    • movita beaucoup August 19, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Sadly, there are no beverages provided at the dance studio post-teaching. But I’m betting we’d have a way happier faculty if they did!

  18. wendy@chezchloe August 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    mmm… I’m thinking reeds extra ginger brew already and I don’t really even drink. But it’s so pretty I might have to.
    Being a total lightweight, i might even do 4:1. wimpy right?

    • movita beaucoup August 19, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      Nah! We don’t drink much either. That’s why when we read about the 1:1 ratio, our eyes fell out of our heads…

  19. puppylab August 19, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    A bit of beverage history; the Dark and Stormy dates back to long before Gosling’s had the brilliant idea to trademark the name. I drank my first ones back in the 1960’s, when a true D&S HAD to be made with Gosling’s 151 proof rum, and included a shot of bitters. Made with a lower proof rum, it was simply a Partly Cloudy… And made without alcohol, it becomes a Small Craft Warning!

    • movita beaucoup August 19, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      Gah! Brilliant.

      Also, I’m going to start calling these Partly Cloudy. Just to confuse people…

  20. Prill October 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    The Dark’n Stormy® is a registered trademark. It is Bermuda’s National Drink and is only made the following way:

    1 ½ oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum

    4-6 oz Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

    Pour Ginger Beer in Highball Glass over lots of Ice

    Float the Black Seal Rum

    Lime Optional

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