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.

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



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.