Gray and Foggy Cocktail: Not your average Dark and Stormy Recipe

The Pants (my geeky husband) is a software engineer in a pretty awesome place. I actually just saw his office for the first time this week, months after he started this job. It has everything you would expect from a cool software company: Modern furniture, Xbox, foosball, free food and drinks like crazy, Nerf guns scattered about, bleacher seating with a stupendously huge screen and projector… You get the idea.

There is also plenty of free beer available there at all times, but recently they were treated to some sort of happy hour party in the office by a vendor. The signature cocktail served was the Dark ‘n Stormy, which I had never heard of but my husband raved about.

Gray and Cloudy Cocktail: Not your average Dark and Stormy recipe.
Gray and Foggy Cocktail: Not your average Dark and Stormy recipe.

I looked it up, and this simple cocktail is made with black spiced rum and ginger beer, BUT NOT JUST ANY RUM. It turns out that the cocktail named Dark ‘n Stormy has actually been trademarked by Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Not wanting to step on any (legal) toes, I made my own version of this tasty drink with a different rum.

This is not to say that the original version needed improvement, just that I was unable to find Gosling’s at my grocery store. I couldn’t go all over town searching for it since I am a mommy with two kids in tow, and bedtime was approaching. (You know how I feel about bedtime.)

This version is pretty darn tasty if you ask my husband, who embraces his position as cocktail taste tester. One question you might have (because I did): What is ginger beer? Is that like ginger ale or like hard cider? You can read a full explanation of the difference between ginger ale and beer, but to put it simply, substitute ginger ale if you can’t find ginger beer. You will still have a delicious cocktail. Cheers!

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Gray and Cloudy Cocktail: Not your average Dark and Stormy.

Gray and Foggy Cocktail: Not your average Dark and Stormy Recipe

This cocktail made with black spiced rum, ginger beer, lime, and more ginger is sweet, spicy, and delicious.

  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Units Scale
  • 1/4 large lime or 1/2 small lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed ginger to taste or to taste
  • 2 ounces black spiced rum
  • 46 ounces ginger beer or substitute ginger ale
  • lime wedges for garnish optional


  1. In a 12-14 oz. glass, squeeze juice from lime wedges and toss in the lime pieces.
  2. Add crushed ginger and rum, and stir together.
  3. Fill glass nearly full with ice, and top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge if desired.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Category: Cocktail

Andi Gleeson


11 years ago

I had no idea Dark and Stormy was a trademarked name! Craziness. I don’t think I’ve ever had one with a lime, but it sounds great! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. =)

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Hi, Natasha! Thanks for coming over. I thought it was a weird thing to be trademarked too. I wonder if Coca Cola owns Rum and Coke ;) I may have a problem with lime because I add it to so many things, but I think it was good in this cocktail. Let me know how you like it if you give it a try!

Claire @ A Little Claireification
11 years ago

Ooh yum – you busted out the Krakken, I see! Sounds delicious and may have to try this today after a long week!
Your Husband’s office sound like the environment at EA Sports – always fun over there.
Thanks for sharing this at our “Best Of The Weekend” party – pinning!
Have a great weekend!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Claire! I hadn’t had Kraken before, but I love the bottle and it made a great cocktail!

11 years ago

just saw this now–am wondering if I’m unsubscribed as I didn’t get email notification? Will look into that. Love a good dark and stormy and am looking forward to trying your (cleverly named) version :-)

Love ginger beer and keep thinking I need to pick some up. Tomorrow will be the day!

Very cool about your husband’s office. Fun stuff.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Today (this whole week, really) has been nuts. I managed to get this post out but didn’t get the email written. Tomorrow will be a combo cocktail/menu email extravaganza ;)

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