Weathering a hurricane in the middle of the Caribbean, a pirate watches water rush through the cracks in the hull. A huge cargo of rum, some ginger beer and cases of lime, are crushed, and leak into the salty water. The pirate, resigned to his doom, cries out. The mixture splashes into his mouth. Rum. Ginger beer. Lime. It rises above his head, and he drinks the first ever Dark 'n' Stormy.
Sadly for him, he's dead. But in the years to follow, Gosling's, a Bermudan brand of rum, re-invents the drink as a marketing ploy, and tags it with the Dark 'n' Stormy name, calling it the unofficial national drink of Bermuda. And we're calling it the unofficial drink of this year's Tall Ships Festival.
A true Dark 'n' Stormy is a registered trademark---it can only be made as follows: Barritts Bermudan Ginger Beer, juice from half a squeezed lime and Gosling's Black Seal dark rum. But like true pirates, all thi'le local spots parry that rule and use Propeller Ginger Beer instead. The Company House (2202 Gottingen) and jane's on the common (2394 Robie) both serve it. jane's owner Jane Wright says they actually sell quite a few. Ian Black, bartender at The Carleton (1685 Argyle) says they serve it, too, and "just like any drink in that vein, demand comes in waves."
Follow the handy recipe here and you'll be a real sailor in no time, especially if you mix the drink pirate-style with a free pour of dark rum. --Neal Ozano
Dark and Stormy—Halifax-style
4 oz. Propeller Ginger beer
1 1/2 oz. Gosling's Black Seal dark rum
Juice of 1/2 lime
Mix rum and lime juice. Add to a glass filled with ice. Top up with ginger beer. Slowly stir all ingredients. Screech sea shanties.