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Hibiscus Dark and Stormy Drink

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We can’t all live year ’round in the tropics, but we can bring the flavor of the tropics to us! This Hibiscus Dark and Stormy recipe is just the vibrant burst of tropical sunshine we need!

Dark rum, spicy, floral hibiscus ginger beer and fresh lime juice is all it takes! So kick off your flip-flops, grab a chair and dream of toes in the sand, sea breezes and lapping azure waves.

It’s no secret that I am in love with Hibiscus; this flower is not only powerful in antioxidants, but it’s gorgeous, tinting everything you make with it a vibrant bright reddish pink! You might want to try my Healthy Hibiscus Margarita or this Minty Hibiscus Mojito, or this refreshing Passion Tea Lemonade.

crystal glass filled with red liquid, hibiscus ginger beer, dark rum and lime. with a wedge of lime. Garnished with a bamboo stick, lime and hibiscus flower

Each summer I like to create at least one summer signature drink, I created this drink at the beginning of summer, but just haven’t been motivated to photograph this beautiful tropical drink until recently.

Perhaps it has something to do with all that is going on in our world this year. I am so sorry I waited, because you need this bright and beautiful Caribbean inspired beverage in your life!

Why is it called a Dark and Stormy?

The unofficial drink of Bermuda, it allegedly received its name from an old sailor who compared the dark and murky hue of the drink to that of dark storm clouds. 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. (Source)

top shot of glass with hibiscus ginger beer, rum and lime with a half a lime and hibiscus flower

What is in a Dark and Stormy?

The classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy boasts dark rich rum and spicy ginger beer. Some, like me add fresh lime juice, because I love the tartness lime juice adds to the drink.

The only thing I do differently is make this cocktail/mocktail using Q Mixers Hibiscus Ginger Beer; it is spicy, bright and flowery with a striking pink hue, delicious all on it’s own but even better in this gorgeous cocktail!

This post is done in collaboration with QMixers, while I did receive free product as always the opinions and recommendations expressed are unbiased and my own.

Shot of Red cocktail in crystal glass, a Dark & Stormy cocktail with a can of Q Mixers Hibiscus Ginger Beer a lime and ice.

Bermuda’s own Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Barritt’s Ginger Beer are the original brands of choice. Some bartenders (like me!) add lime juice as well, but it really isn’t needed. If you want this drink in its true Bermudian style, skip the lime.

Can You Make this a Mocktail?

You bet, it’s still amazingly refreshing and delicious, in fact many times I will make a mocktail version when I am not in the mood for any alcohol.

top shot of glass with hibiscus ginger beer, rum and lime with a half a lime and hibiscus flower

Is a Dark & Stormy a Mule?

While mules have taken the world by storm and are best known for using ginger beer, the spirit of choice in a classic moscow mule is vodka instead of rum. I am all about mixing things up, like this Colorado Whiskey Mule or a Pomegranate Mule. Call it what you want!

Is a Dark & Stormy a Girly Drink?

Considering the original dark and stormy was created by an old seaman, I would say it is absolutely not a girly drink!

Does the pink hued addition of hibiscus make it girly? Well, ladies love it and it is beautiful, but my guy, Mr. Fresh Cooky loves this drink, he will drink Hibiscus Ginger Beer straight from the can. So I’m going with no, it’s a beautiful Caribbean drink that guys and girls love!

ingredients for dark and stormy cocktail. left to right, cocktail glass, can of hibiscus ginger beer, limes cut in half, with hibiscus flowers

How Do you Make this Hibiscus Rum Cocktail?

This cocktail or mocktail is super simple to make!

  1. Add ice to highball or old fashioned glass — I like mine crushed, cubes are fine!
  2. Pour in dark rum of choice (I like Plantation Original Dark Rum)
  3. Squeeze half a lime (or omit if you are going authentic on me)
  4. Top with Hibiscus Ginger Beer (Q Mixers is the only hibiscus ginger beer I know of, but you won’t be disappointed, this is delicious! You can buy online, or try Target, some Krogers and Walmart SuperCenters)
  5. Optional |Garnish with slice of lime and dried hibiscus flowers, which taste like a dried cranberry, lightly sweetened. They add a fabulous exotic touch to the drink.

What’s the Difference between Dried Hibiscus Flowers and Dried Sweetened Hibiscus Flowers?

  1. Dried Hibiscus Flowers are mostly used for tea and they are spectacular; if you have ever had a Passion Tea from Starbucks you have drank Hibiscus tea, so many healthy benefits from this edible flower! Lowers cholesterol, heart healthy and is high in antioxidants!
  2. Dried Sweetened Edible Hibiscus Flowers are sort of the texture of fruit leather, but the taste of tart cranberries lightly sweetened. They are fun, exotic and unique!
top down shot of dark and stormy cocktail on rattan mat with lime, hibiscus flower

HIBISCUS GINGER BEER SUBSTITUTIONS

I realize we can’t all get our hands on Hibiscus Ginger Beer and that’s okay, I have a few ideas for work arounds.

That’s it, super simple dark and stormy cocktail or mocktail!!

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Yield: 1 cocktail or mocktail

Hibiscus Dark & Stormy Recipe

crystal glass filled with red liquid, hibiscus ginger beer, dark rum and lime. with a wedge of lime. Garnished with a bamboo stick, lime and hibiscus flower

This Hibiscus Dark and Stormy recipe is just the vibrant burst of tropical sunshine we need! Dark rum, spicy, floral hibiscus ginger beer and fresh lime juice is all it takes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add ice to old fashioned or highball glass
  2. Pour in dark rum, lime juice and top with Hibiscus Ginger Beer
  3. Garnish with lime wedge and dried hibiscus flower

Notes

MOCKTAIL | Omit rum! Add more ginger beer

No Hibiscus Ginger Beer?

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1 cocktail

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 2gSugar: 49gProtein: 1g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Michaela Kenkel

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

I made these for girls night last night and everyone wanted the recipe! So yummy

Kathleen

Thursday 27th of August 2020

Thank you!

Jennifer Stewart

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

I have always been a dark and stormy fan because of the rum but have never tried it before with ginger beer. I am pounding these at such a rate I might need to order rum by the case! Thanks for getting me hooked on this new cocktail:)

Kathleen

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

LOL! So glad you loved it!

Debi

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

I made these as mocktails with a few adjustments as suggested, and they were wonderful. Refreshing and delicious.

Kathleen

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Glad the suggestions worked for you! Thank you for sharing!

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