Before the Storm - Dark & Stormy Inspired

Whoever thought that a Dark and Stormy cocktail would have its own day? Well, guess what? It does! June 9! Do you know what that means? It’s International Dark and Stormy Day!


The Dark and Stormy cocktail was created sometime after World War 1 from a Ginger Beer factory that was run by the Royal Navy Officers’ Club. They soon found out that adding Gosling’s Black Seal Rum tastes even better mixed with some ginger beer!


The Dark and Stormy cocktail contains dark rum and ginger beer and served over some ice and garnished with a slice of lime.



if you haven’t had a Dark & Stormy, I would definitely try it out! Especially if you’re a fan of ginger beer! The rum is just a bonus. ;)


My recipe for the Dark & Stormy however is not traditional! Dark rum is a little too strong for me, so I use a regular rum, but with this recipe, you can use dark rum in place of it!



Since I don’t use dark rum, so I will say that this cocktail is called Before the Storm, which is inspired by the Dark & Stormy.


I hope you enjoy this cocktail! Whether you make a true Dark & Stormy or my version called Before the Storm.



Happy International Dark & Stormy Day!


Ciao for now!


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Notes For Creating


I used a small glass for this drink since I’m not a big drinker. You can use a taller glass to hold more alcohol and more ginger beer. :P


I’m not a dark rum kind of gal. So for this recipe, I ended up using rum instead of dark rum. It does not need to be a Bacardi dark rum, but if you want it to be authentic, use Gosling’s Black Seal Rum to create the drink!


Other Creations


If you aren’t an alcohol drinker and looking for another drink to try, check out some other drinks!


Passion Iced Tea – This is a great copycat version of the Starbucks favorite, Passion Iced Tea! I do a half tea and half lemonade mix.


Cost Analysis


Lastly, take a look at this cost analysis. It shows how much it costs to make this Dark and Stormy inspired cocktail. We don’t realize it, but sometimes it so much cheaper to make things at home versus buying them at the store! Yes, sometimes it takes a while and sometimes it’s more convenient, but how can you deny that price?


Before the Storm - Dark & Stormy Inspired

Before the Storm - Dark & Stormy Inspired
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Course: Drinks
Keyword: Alcohol, Alcoholic Beverage, Ginger Beer, Rum
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 334kcal
Cost: $3.17


  • Bacardi *Gosling's Black Seal Rum, if you want traditional $2.00
  • Ginger Beer *I used non-alcoholic $0.88
  • Lime $0.29
  • Ice


  • In a glass, add ice.
  • Add rum to the glass.
  • Top with ginger beer.
  • Add lime juice.
  • Garnish with lime wedge.


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Cost Analysis

Estimate: $ for servings or $ per serving.


Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg