Dark ‘n stormy might sound like November in Toronto, but the iconic cocktail actually has roots in the Caribbean.
Believed to have been invented in Bermuda shortly after World War I, the highball cocktail, made with dark rum, ginger beer and lime, got its name from an old sailor who compared the drink to a storm cloud.
In 1806, James Gosling left England bound for America, but after his ship’s charter expired, he headed for the nearest port in Bermuda. The Goslings set up shop in the storm capital of the world, blending rums and developing the Gosling’s Black Seal, which trademark now dictates is the only type of dark rum that can be used to create the famous dark ‘n stormy cocktail.
Rhum Corner, one of the city's best bars, serves a peppercorn-spiced version of the dark 'n stormy cocktail. Try the recipe below.