It’s Fridaaayyyyy! And since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought I would make a cocktail to sort of get me in the scary mood. This Mason Jar Dark and Stormy Cocktail only requires 3 simple ingredients and is so delicious!
The Dark and Stormy Cocktail is kind of like an distant relative of the Moscow Mule. They both use Ginger Beer and Lime, the only difference is the alcohol you mix with it.
A Dark and Stormy is made with Dark Rum and a Moscow Mule with Vodka.
For a true Dark and Stormy or (Dark n Stormy), you would use Gosling’s Rum from Bermuda. They were actually the inventors of this delicious cocktail.
I had my first Dark and Stormy while on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.
I’m normally not a big Rum drinker, but I mean hey, when you’re in the Caribbean…
When I took my first sip it was so refreshing. I got a smooth taste from the Rum, a bit of a sweet (but not too sweet), fizzy taste from the Ginger Beer, and a refreshing Citrus taste from the Lime that ties this drink together.
Now when you’re picking out a Ginger Beer for this, check the ingredients carefully.
I’m Gluten Free so I had to make sure I was using a Ginger Beer that was Gluten Free (not all brands are).
Plus I didn’t want a Ginger Beer with a high sugar count. So I opted for Reed’s Ginger Brew which is all natural. I found it in my local health foods store.
Note: The Ginger Beer used to make a Dark and Stormy is a non-alcoholic Ginger Beer. There are also Ginger Brews out there that have alcohol in them, so don’t confuse the two.
Another question that comes up often when making this cocktail is, ‘can I use Ginger Ale’? I wouldn’t.
Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer are totally different in taste.
Ginger Beer is actually brewed and fermented which gives it a more ‘gingery’ flavor and it’s less carbonated. Ginger Ale is essentially a carbonated beverage made from water and ginger. So that’s it for this easy peasy cocktail!
If you try this cocktail, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!
Cheers to the weekend friends! 🙂
- 2oz Dark Rum
- 6oz Ginger Beer (I use Reed's Ginger Beer, it's all natural and gluten free).
- 1 Lime Wedge
- Fill Mason Jar Mug with Ice.
- Add Ginger Beer first.
- Add in Rum.
- Squeeze in Lime Wedge.
- Garnish with Lime slices.