Dark and Stormy spiced rum cocktail using Swan Knight Distillery golden spiced rum with ginger ale with a wedge of lime cocktail, with a flare behind the tumblers

A Dark and Stormy spiced rum cocktail recipe

Here is how to make the rum cocktail

Cocktail ingredients for a single serving
- 50ml Swan Knight Distillery golden spiced rum
- 150ml ginger beer, preferably fiery or Old Jamaica 
- a wedge of lime
- a glassful of ice

- Fill a tall glass with ice
- Pour in the rum, followed by the ginger ale
- Mix well and garnish with a wedge of lime

How and when to drink this spiced rum cocktail

This cocktail is one of our favourites. The blend of spiced rum with the hit of ginger makes it a delicious sipping cocktail. We enjoy it all year round, from in front of a roaring log fire through to seeing a radiant sunset in summer.

For a darker look and a smokier taste, measure out 5ml of dark rum. Place a teaspoon upside down on the surface of the cocktail and against the edge of the glass. Then pour the dark rum slowly over the back of the spoon so that it sits as a layer on top of the cocktail.

Inspiration for the cocktail

The Dark'n'Stormy cocktail is a well established, really easy to make cocktail. There are three ingredients: rum, ginger and lime. The most common recipe involves ginger beer but we prefer ginger ale. The Moscow Mule is a similar cocktail but uses vodka rather than rum. Dark or even black rum can be delicious in a Dark'n'Stormy but the spices, vanilla and caramel in golden spiced rum really flavour the drink for us.

The Goslings brand, based in Bermuda, registered a trademark that claims that any drink called Dark'n'Stormy must be made using Goslings rum. In fact, we love this cocktail using Goslings Black Seal rum and this is where ginger beer works really well. Ginger ale is carbonated water that has ginger infused into it while ginger beer is brewed and fermented. The rum has plenty of flavours and has been aged so the combination of it with ginger beer is delightfully intense. A number of recipes add freshly squeezed lime juice but we prefer just a wedge of lime to add to taste.
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