As Halloween looms, may we recommend the Dark ‘n’ Stormy to toast the eerie affair?
The Dark ‘n’ Stormy’s history is steeped in mystery, hailing from the tumultuous seas surrounding the Bermuda Triangle. The cocktail is popular in Bermuda, where Goslings rum is made. The dark rum and a splash of ginger beer create the drink’s murky appearance, mimicking "the color of a cloud only a fool or dead man would sail under," according to legend.
The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is said to have claimed dozens of planes and ships that have mysteriously disappeared in the roughly 500,000 miles of sea in the region. Theories range from simple human error to rough waters to UFOs. Despite the purported dangers of the area, it is still one of the busiest trade routes in the world, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
An authentic (and legally trademarked) Dark ‘n’ Stormy is made using Goslings Black Seal 80-proof rum — a rum with spicy notes of clove, orange peel and caramel — that is mixed with Goslings ginger beer. The spicy kick from the ginger beer cuts through the syrupy rum. Think of it as an autumn version of a Moscow Mule.
Fill a highball glass 2/3 full with ginger beer (Goslings preferred). Add ice. Fill remaining 1/3 with Goslings Black Seal 80-proof rum. Add lime for garnish.