Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Every good Halloween story starts with “a dark & stormy night,” and every good Halloween party starts with a drink. I, Colleen, am combining the two for some epic holiday hosting with a scary good secret: the Dark & Stormy Cocktail recipe!

Can we all just agree that Halloween, when done right, is the most fun of all holidays? Not saying it’s necessarily the all-around-best (I hear you Christmas lovers), but come on, people! Any holiday that requires costumes begs to be taken with a healthy dose of good cheer. Nothing says Halloween like a party (and I totally count scary movies with my dog as a party), and nothing says party like holiday-themed drinks.

To keep things easy, I’m sharing my party version of the uber-popular Dark and Stormy. Muddled blackberries (easy peasy in the blender) give it a darker, spookier look for the holiday, and fresh sage gives it an autumnal twist.

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Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dark rum
  • 24 Blackberries (about one small container)
  • 8 Sage leaves
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 Ginger beer

Instructions

  • Combine all but the ginger beer in a blender. Blend just until well combined, about 4-6 seconds.
  • Strain through a fine mesh sieve and divide evenly between 4 glasses filled with ice. Top with the ginger beer. 
  • Garnish with edible flowers (I went a little Day of the Dead with mine) citrus peel and straw.
Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Holiday - Halloween - Houston Blogger

This one is super easy to scale up or scale down according to your number of guests. I go with two ounces of rum, two sage leaves, 1/4 of a lime and six blackberries per drink. One standard bottle of ginger beer will also go a long way, since you only need 3-4 ounces for each drink (to taste). That means you’ll get 3-4 drinks out of a standard 12 ounce bottle. PARTY TIP: Make the base ahead and leave it in the glasses sans ice. When your guests arrive, throw in the ice and ginger beer to order. So simple!

Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Holiday - Halloween - Houston BloggerDark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Holiday - Halloween - Houston Blogger

Halloween aside, these are awesome to serve at any fall party (just drop the scary name and styling)! I love a drink that can be easily made in batches for guests, so I can focus on fun garnishes rather than a ton of squeezing or shaking. If you’re looking for a simple, spooky, seasonal drink this year, this Dark & Stormy cocktail recipe is definitely for you!

Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Cocktail - Halloween - Holidays - Houston Blogger

Anyone else out there down for a good Halloween party? I seriously love the dressing up, the kitsch, and all things spooky. But even if it’s just a horror movie marathon with friends or a sweatpants-and-candy-dealing kinda night, we always try to get in the spirit (get it?) with a special cocktail around here!

colleen jeffers - contributor - the good drink - sugar and cloth

 

Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Every good Halloween story starts with “a dark & stormy night,” and every good Halloween party starts with a drink. I, Colleen, am combining the two for some epic holiday hosting with a scary good secret: the Dark & Stormy Cocktail recipe!

Can we all just agree that Halloween, when done right, is the most fun of all holidays? Not saying it’s necessarily the all-around-best (I hear you Christmas lovers), but come on, people! Any holiday that requires costumes begs to be taken with a healthy dose of good cheer. Nothing says Halloween like a party (and I totally count scary movies with my dog as a party), and nothing says party like holiday-themed drinks.

To keep things easy, I’m sharing my party version of the uber-popular Dark and Stormy. Muddled blackberries (easy peasy in the blender) give it a darker, spookier look for the holiday, and fresh sage gives it an autumnal twist.

dark-stormy-night-cocktail-colleen-1Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Cocktail - Halloween - Holidays - Houston Blogger

Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dark rum
  • 24 Blackberries (about one small container)
  • 8 Sage leaves
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 Ginger beer

Instructions

  • Combine all but the ginger beer in a blender. Blend just until well combined, about 4-6 seconds.
  • Strain through a fine mesh sieve and divide evenly between 4 glasses filled with ice. Top with the ginger beer. 
  • Garnish with edible flowers (I went a little Day of the Dead with mine) citrus peel and straw.
Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Holiday - Halloween - Houston Blogger

This one is super easy to scale up or scale down according to your number of guests. I go with two ounces of rum, two sage leaves, 1/4 of a lime and six blackberries per drink. One standard bottle of ginger beer will also go a long way, since you only need 3-4 ounces for each drink (to taste). That means you’ll get 3-4 drinks out of a standard 12 ounce bottle. PARTY TIP: Make the base ahead and leave it in the glasses sans ice. When your guests arrive, throw in the ice and ginger beer to order. So simple!

Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Holiday - Halloween - Houston BloggerDark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Holiday - Halloween - Houston Blogger

Halloween aside, these are awesome to serve at any fall party (just drop the scary name and styling)! I love a drink that can be easily made in batches for guests, so I can focus on fun garnishes rather than a ton of squeezing or shaking. If you’re looking for a simple, spooky, seasonal drink this year, this Dark & Stormy cocktail recipe is definitely for you!

Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe - Sugar & Cloth - Recipe - Cocktail - Halloween - Holidays - Houston Blogger

Anyone else out there down for a good Halloween party? I seriously love the dressing up, the kitsch, and all things spooky. But even if it’s just a horror movie marathon with friends or a sweatpants-and-candy-dealing kinda night, we always try to get in the spirit (get it?) with a special cocktail around here!

colleen jeffers - contributor - the good drink - sugar and cloth

 

Comments

  • Kali

    09.13.16

    This cocktail looks so awesome, these colours! I have to try it next time we host some guests:-)
    Kali
    http://www.idimin.berlin

  • Kelly

    09.14.16

    How perfect since I just bought a bottle of Kraken spiced rum simply because I like the packaging and don’t have any spiced rum. I don’t typically drink it, and wasn’t sure what I would make with it. Looks like I will be making this as my Saturday night cocktail.

    • Ashley said:

      Yay! So glad you are trying it for yourself :)

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