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The origins of the Dark and Stormy are fuzzy, as all good alcoholic histories can be. It is one of the official drinks of Bermuda — the other is the Rum Swizzle. It's a drink that is as simple to make as it is refreshing, consisting of one part rum to 4 parts ginger beer, livened up with lime.

The origins of the Dark and Stormy are fuzzy, as all good alcoholic histories can be. It is one of the official drinks of Bermuda — the other is the Rum Swizzle. You gotta love a country — er, a British territory — that takes the time and attention to have two national cocktails. 

It's a drink that is as simple to make as it is refreshing, consisting of one part rum to 4 parts ginger beer, livened up with lime. The ginger beer is important here; don't be tempted to swap it out for less spicy, less ginger-y ginger ale. The sweet but tangy snap of ginger beer pairs perfecty with the rich smoothness of the dark rum. And yes, a version can be made with regular rum, but then you have a Light and Stormy. Much less poetic, no?