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.
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!
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
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
Add the rum to a tall, straight-sided glass. Add a squeeze of lime juice, if you like.
Add lots of ice, and top off with the kombucha. Garnish with a couple of thinly sliced lime wheels. Enjoy!