Kombucha Dark and Stormy

The perfect spicy, invigorating, Halloween cocktail. This is a twist on the classic Dark n' Stormy. Made with ginger-cayenne kombucha in place of traditional ginger beer.

Kombucha Dark and Stormy

Classic cocktail enthusiasts might want to look away. This is my take on the Dark n' Stormy cocktail from Bermuda (which is a trademarked mix of Gosling's rum, and spicy ginger beer). I like a Dark n' Stormy - they're invigorating, easy drinking, simple to make, and equally tasty on a beach or in an urban bar. I like them in summer, and I like them right now. Kombucha Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

My Little Tweak

Some while back I stopped using ginger beer, and switched to kombucha. And not just any kombucha, I now make them with the spiciest ginger kombucha I can find, bonus points if I can find the ginger-cayenne variety. So incredibly tasty. To make the drink, you take a splash of dark, flavorful rum, and top it off with kombucha (or ginger beer if you want to play it straight). At any rate, I thought it'd be a great Halloween cocktail for you to try - because, well, the name. But also, because it's a cocktail everyone loves!

Kombucha Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

A Variation

I'll throw one optional wildcard in here, only because we have a prolific makrut lime tree. You can infuse the rum with a couple of lime leaves (for five minutes or so), and it perfumes the rum subtly. A lot of bartenders serve Dark n' Stormy cocktails with a brightening splash of fresh lime juice. This adds another layer. So, to do this version, infuse the rum and then proceed with the recipe as written.

Kombucha Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

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Kombucha Dark and Stormy

5 from 5 votes

You can, of course, use strong ginger beer in place of the kombucha. But seek out proper ginger beer, not ginger ale.

  • 2 ounces Gosling's Black Seal rum, or other dark rum
  • 1 lime
  • 4 ounces strong ginger or ginger-cayenne kombucha
  1. Add the rum to a tall, straight-sided glass. Add a squeeze of lime juice, if you like. 

  2. Add lots of ice, and top off with the kombucha. Garnish with a couple of thinly sliced lime wheels. Enjoy!


Serves 1.

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
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I like this, don't miss ginger beer either, so this is my kind of dark and stormy, so thank you!


Made w homemade ginger kombucha and spiced dark rum, lime juice and a slice of lime. We call it The Fermantastic. Yum.

Leslie Gotfrit

    Lol. Brilliant!

    Heidi Swanson

Boy, does this one pull on my heart strings..... I’m Bermudian (born & raised) and there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a Dark & Stormy on a hot summers day! Can’t wait to try this new variation.....with Kombucha!!


    Thanks Sabrina!

    Heidi Swanson

This looks really good I'm going to surprise my wife with this is weekend! She's gonna love it.


Now that I am officially a no-sugar chick, I’ve paid attention to swaps for cocktails. I can say that another good swap is a strong ginger lime booch and tequila. It’s the best margarita ever.

Janet Wise

I have been making my own Jun kombucha and water kefir for a while now, I tend to combine the two for my favourite flavour and this summer I plan to drink them with a splash of Aperol. Maybe also with the bottle of Tropical Bundeberg Rum I have on the shelf as well

Trace Willans

Mmm,.. Q-Tonic makes a fantastic agave-sweetened ginger beer, what a great combo!

Rachel @Clean Eating for the Non-Hippie

I made one of these earlier this summer, inspired by an earlier post of yours where I think you used kombucha in a holiday punch or similar. That idea really changed my world!! I make mine super weak - just to spice up the kombucha a little. Good to know you can go full tilt on it :)

Shannon Murphy

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