Ginger Beer and Dark and Stormy

Note: We recommend using the smaller amount of sugar the first time you make this recipe.
Makes about 1 quart

1 quart water
1 cup coarsely chopped ginger
Zest and juice of one lime
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1 ¼ – 2 cups sugar
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick

In a blender, puree the water and ginger and then push the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a medium saucepan. Add the zests and juices, sugar, cloves and cinnamon stick and warm over medium heat until the sugar fully dissolves, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and steep for 1 hour. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth and refrigerate. Serve ice cold.


Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces dark rum, preferably Myers’s
5 ounces DIY Ginger Beer (recipe above)
1 lime wedge

Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in the rum. Add the ginger beer and squeeze in the lime wedge.


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8 Responses to Ginger Beer and Dark and Stormy

  1. Alyce Wasden says:

    Will the recipes from this season be included in a cookbook?

  2. Karen says:

    Would appreciate recipes from episode 905 using ginger. I have not been able to get them on the web page, only the beer recipe. Thank you in advance for your help. Karen

  3. Mary marrero says:

    Wonderful, Sara, thank you! -Mary

  4. stephanie says:

    Hi Sara,

    Getting ready to try your ginger beer. since I do not do sugar I use either a Dextrose powder or sugar alcohol (swerve) for sweetness. would that work in your recipe?

    Also the ginger beer I buy in cans is bubbly. It doesn’t appear yours is. Wondering if sugar was a catalyst for fermentation?

    Thanks and you’ve been an inspiration since my days as a yacht chef!


    • moulton says:

      I think you could use the substitute sweetener and it would taste fine but the texture would be much thinner. Maybe that is not a problem for you. Regarding the bubbles, we added club soda or seltzer, we were not aiming for any fermentation.

  5. 2cairnterriers says:

    i can’t seem to access the comments, so i apologize if this is redundant. the recipe for the dark & stormy says to put in the ice and then the rum and THEN the diy ginger beer, however the rum needs to go on top of (AFTER) the ginger beer, so that it “rests” on top (view image)… stir before drinking.

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