07 Jun Cocktail of the Month: Dark ‘N Stormy
The Dark ‘N Stormy might be the only cocktail that comes with its own law firm. Trademarked cocktail names are rare, but Gosling’s—purveyors of Bermuda rum since 1806—filed two trademark certificates with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect the name and composition of the Dark ‘N Stormy. The official ingredients:
Gosling’s Black Seal rum and ginger beer.
That’s it. The recipe was created in Bermuda, sometime around World War I—using the dark rum and ginger beer bottled in a nearby Royal Navy plant.
The Dark ‘N Stormy is made by filling a tall glass with ice, adding two ounces of Gosling’s Black Seal, and finishing with Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer. The drink may be garnished with a wedge of lemon or lime.
Gosling’s created the recipe specifically for its Black Seal rum. The trademark protects the brand from establishments serving Dark ‘N Stormys with substitute rum or bastardized ingredients. It might seem like overkill, but the Dark ‘N Stormy is a national treasure—the official cocktail of Bermuda and the unofficial cocktail of Australia. You can make a cocktail with rum and ginger beer—but if you use something other than Black Seal, you can’t legally call it a Dark ‘N Stormy.
We love Aussies and Bermudians, but sometimes you can make a good thing better. Our version of the Dark ‘N Stormy (technically The Ravens Club Rum Buck) maintains the most important ingredients: Gosling’s Black Seal rum—dark as motor oil, with hints of rich molasses, french toast, maple syrup and a touch of vanilla and cinnamon—mixed with TRC’s own ginger beer for a fresh kick. We add two slight variations to the Caribbean classic: fresh lime and Falernum, a sweet housemade syrup used in tropical drinks.
It’s the perfect summertime drink to enjoy on our patio or in the cool confines of the bar. Stop by and try one yourself!