It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

Actually it was just a dark and stormy afternoon, and then the skies cleared a little, but hang with me, I’m headed somewhere. My husband plays upright bass in a rockabilly band. He has the quintessential bass player personality; calm and cool, and not one to grab the spotlight, he provides the groove around here. He makes a mean classic cocktail, for example.

One of them is a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, a Bermudian mix of Gosling’s Black Seal dark rum and Barritt’s ginger beer. 

To me a Dark ‘n’ Stormy tastes like 1975. Maybe it’s because back then, when my parents would have cocktails, I’d get to have a Shirley Temple which has ginger ale in it. Tasting my husband’s Dark ‘n’ Stormy, suddenly I’m in a wood-paneled bar of a golf and country club, the women have big, frosted Angie Dickinson hair and the men are wearing narrow flat-front polyester pants. They serve toasty BLTs there with frilly cocktail toothpicks and I’m drinking a ginger ale or a Shirley Temple. Crazy how taste memory works.

In that ‘Shirley Temple’ vein (of ginger ale and grenadine), I grabbed the extra half-can of ginger beer from my husband’s drink and made a mocktail I dubbed a ‘JamJar Bizarre’. Katie, master crafter over at JamJar Bizarre , told me her favorite summer drink after a day in the garden is ginger beer and cranberry, so I named it after her (hey, it’s my bar!). It was tart and had a little spicy kick from the ginger beer which I loved, and as you can imagine, it would be perfectly thirst-quenching on a hot day.

For the Dark ‘N’ Stormy:

1 1/2 oz. of Gosling’s Black Seal Dark Rum

4-6 oz. of Barritt’s Ginger Beer

lime wedge garnish, optional

Pour over ice.

Note: Gosling’s actually trademarked the ‘Dark ‘n’ Stormy’ moniker. Today, they recommend using their own brand of ginger beer but purists will accept nothing less than Barritt’s. Regardless of which ginger beer you use, stick with the Gosling’s rum for this one. It’s unique blend of rums from around the Caribbean has a slightly charred character which has hints of vanilla and caramel and is the hallmark of this classic summer mixer.

16 thoughts on “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

  1. Love the mocktail theme! I’m heading to a bbq this evening (how original…right) and will see if there’s any store open to pick me up some ginger ale and cranberry juice, GREAT photos. Happy 4th!

  2. Love it! Going to have to try this. I have been loving the Kraken rum when I’m in a rum mood- it has vanilla hints- I could see it being good in such mixers, but I’ll have to find the Goslings for this, I have never tried it before!

  3. love dark n stormies ~ goslings is the best, i should really have in my cabinet at all times…

    ah the 70′s ~ is the angie-lookalike wearing maybelline frosted blue eyeshadow? i bet she is

  4. Im so pleased you tried the drink and liked it, i thought you would think i was totally crazy mixing Cranberry juice and ginger beer! ‘Jamjar Bizarre’ – it shall be forever named. I shall try your Dark n Stormy which is very appropriate considering the weather we are having this summer! Im off on holiday for a week, we are off to Italy,i bet you could come up with amazing recipes from the ingredients there, i wish i could post some.
    Thankyou for’ master crafter’, i hope i am!
    Keep up the amazing recipes and photos etc
    Katie x
    P.s I too missed a massive zuchini on my plants today! That will teach me to joke about it

    • I did! Thanks for sharing it with me! I think I will use less cranberry and more ginger beer next time, as I love the gingery kick- part. Have a wonderful time in Italy!
      …Those zucchinis are sneaky.

  5. I love the sound of both of these drinks – i know I’d enjoy the ginger beer and cranberry after a day in th egarden – so refreshing! And what a wonderful taste memory to have :)

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