The unofficial drink of Bermuda and of the global boating and sailing community. If you happen to have lived in Bermuda for a number of years you can't help but create a Dark 'n' Stormy auction item as our board member Christa Cooper did for us. In this basket is all that you'll need to create your own Dark 'n' Stormy and get whisked away to Bermuda even if for a second. Includes 1 bottle of Gosling's dark rum, 1 bottle of Goslings ginger beer, coasters from The Island Shop a signature of Bermuda, tropical-colored napkins and 4 outdoor safe highballs with matching pitcher and straws.
History of the Dark 'n' Stormy:
A highball made of spicy ginger beer and rich Gosling's Black Seal dark rum, the drink allegedly got its name from an old sailor who compared the drink's murky hue to the color of storm clouds. It's an unproven legend, but the drink's connection to the joys and dangers of seafaring is well-established.
Bermuda, where the Dark 'n' Stormy was invented, is known as the shipwreck capital of the world, with 300 identified vessels lying ruined at the bottom of the surrounding North Atlantic Ocean. This title owes less to supernatural phenomena or storms than to Bermuda's 200 square miles of coral reef, which shredded the hulls of ships.
In 1806, the Mercury, a chartered English clipper commandeered by James Gosling managed to avoid that fearsome coral reef, steering the ship onto Bermuda's shores after 91 days at sea, their charter having run out.
The Goslings would become one of the most prominent families on the island, entering the rum production business in 1857. Ginger beer, another favorite drink of the British, was also produced on the island, among other places at a factory operated as a subsidiary to the Royal Naval Officer's Club.
It didn't take a genius to realize that Gosling's molasses-y Black Seal rum (named for the wax used to seal bottles) was the perfect compliment to the piquant bite of ginger beer. The Dark 'n' Stormy was born.