How to make the classic Dark & Stormy cocktail

In this episode of The Takeout’s Cocktail Club, Abbie Rhoads of Chicago restaurant Parachute shows us how to make the classic Dark & Stormy cocktail.

Dark & Stormy

  • 1 oz. ginger syrup
  • 0.5 oz. demerara syrup
  • 0.75 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. dark rum

Add all ingredients into shaker. Pour into Collins glass with ice, top with soda water, and garnish with sprig of mint.

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Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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DISCUSSION

There are three things that make a drink a Dark and Stormy and you managed to miss two of the three and add a whole bunch more unnecessary stuff.

A Dark and Stormy is:

1 Part - Dark Rum

3 Parts - Ginger Beer

Served stirred, preferably in in a mule (copper cup) over ice.

That’s it. Go to any (good) bar in America and order a Dark and Stormy that is what you get. The drink you made doesn’t even look like a Dark and Stormy, which is a demi clear drink with the dark rum stirred through, that shaken up concoction is no Dark and Stormy.

It is neither Dark, nor Stormy, but all wrong.

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