This Blackberry Dark & Stormy cocktail has just 4 simple ingredients: dark rum, blackberries, lime juice and ginger beer, but it’s as complex as its name implies.
The first time I made this recipe, I was having some girlfriends over and we wanted to try something new. Blackberries were in season in Oregon, so I had a bunch sitting in a bowl on my counter, just beckoning for me to turn them into something delicious.
I didn’t want to fuss with mixing up a simple syrup with the blackberries (which you can certainly do if you have the time), so I just tossed them into my cocktail shaker and muddled them with my favorite agave syrup.
The outcome was amazing. I ended up making a pitcher full of this cocktail that night and we drank every last drop. It’s now my favorite cocktail and I make it regularly to sip on the back patio after work.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Fresh blackberries – Is there anything better? You can use frozen blackberries as well. Thaw completely.
- Agave syrup – Adds sweetness.
- Lime juice – Freshly squeezed juice is the best but use what you have.
- Dark rum – I have used spiced rum in this recipe as well.
- Ginger beer – You can usually find a couple of different kinds of ginger beer at the grocery store. Look on the isle with the mixers.
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How to Make a Blackberry Dark & Stormy Cocktail
Place the fresh blackberries and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle well.
Add the freshly squeezed lime juice and rum and shake well to combine.
Add ice to the cocktail glass and pour the cocktail over a fine mesh strainer into the glass.
Top with ginger beer.
This cocktail is so good, there’s pretty much no way you’ll get away with only drinking one. You’ll love the Classic Dark n’ Stormy Cocktail as well.
» Learn more about drinking and enjoying rum in this guide (p.s. there are cocktail recipes too!)
What Rum to Use?
For the dark rum, you might want to use the original Dark n’ Stormy rum, Goslings Black Seal. It’s a dark rum that has been produced in Bermuda since 1806. You can purchase it on Saucey (check to see if it’s available where you are).
What Ginger Beer to Use?
The ginger beer used in this drink is very important too. Some have better flavor than others.
Note that ginger beer is different than ginger ale. Ginger beer has a much stronger flavor than ginger ale. It’s brewed with real ginger (if you get the right brand), whereas ginger ale is carbonated water mixed with ginger syrup.
Not surprisingly, Goslings also has a ginger beer that was crafted specifically for use in the Dark n’ Stormy. Rumor has it that it took over a year to get the right balance of sweetness and spiciness to make the perfect ingredient for a Dark n’ Stormy.
Another brand that we like is Bundaberg Ginger Beer. It has a great flavor and lots of spiciness. I personally avoid Old Jamaica. It has a not so pleasant sugar substitute flavor that throws off the balance.
Dark & Stormy Variations
The fun part about this cocktail is that it keeps on giving. You can actually make this cocktail with any berry you want. Try these variations:
- Raspberry & Mint
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This Blackberry Dark & Stormy cocktail has just 4 simple ingredients: dark rum, blackberries, lime juice and ginger beer, but it's as complex as its name implies.
- 10 fresh blackberries
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces lime juice
- 3 ounces dark rum
- 6 ounces ginger beer
- Place the blackberries and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle well. Add the freshly squeezed lime juice and rum and shake well to combine.
- Add ice to the cocktail glass.
- Pour the cocktail over a fine mesh strainer into the glass.
- Top with ginger beer.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g
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When not mixing up delicious cocktails to enjoy on the patio with friends, Angela is busy writing about food and drinks for three popular food websites, and exchanging creative ideas on social media.