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Moscow Mule + Dark & Stormy

February  1, 2013

In Cooking from Every Angle, we hear from our fearless leaders: Food52 co-founders Amanda & Merrill.

Today: Amanda shows off two classic cocktails at the intersection of ginger and lime.

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Oh, ginger beer, how could we live without you and your snappy, sweet goodness? You are the foundation of two of the best cocktails known to man: the Moscow Mule and the Dark 'n Stormy. Essentially the same ginger beer and lime union, the Mule is made with vodka, natch, the Dark 'n Stormy with dark rum.

As rum drinkers, we prefer the latter, but both are ideal party drinks when made with a tame hand -- the ginger gives each drink huskiness and vitality, and the lime keeps it mannered. Let these two do the work and keep a light touch on the booze, otherwise you'll have stormy mules to contend with, and crying in the bathroom.

Want to see how to make the Moscow Mule? Look here:


Add one part vodka to a glass filled with ice. I've had Moscow Mules in collins glasses, tumblers, and plastic cups. It's an equal opportunity drink; use whatever's handy. Cubes or crushed ice are up to you.

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To the vodka, add two parts ginger beer and finish with a squeeze of lime. I like to cut a flat slice off the side of the lime, which I admit is wasteful, but it squeezes just the right amount and doesn't fight you like a wedge is wont to do.

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The Dark 'n Stormy is equally swift to master. Add your rum -- dark rum, dark spiced rum, both will work -- one part to the ginger beer's two.

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And now there's one twist. When you pour in the ginger beer, do so super slowly, just a thread of beer at a time, so it seeps down beneath the rum raising the alcohol like a raft.

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See the two layers? This what you're going for. Now drop in the lime, and be on your merry way.

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And if you like Dark 'n Stormies as much as we do, you can also get it in lip balm form. We talked the nice folks over at Stewart & Claire into making a custom Dark 'n Stormy lip balm just for us. (Is anyone surprised Food52's signature flavor is booze?)

Moscow Mule

Serves as many as you like

  • 1 part vodka
  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • Lime wedge

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Dark 'n Stormy

Serves as many as you like

  • 1 part dark rum
  • 2 parts ginger beer
  • Lime wedge

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom

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Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


Mark October 14, 2017
Mules are my absolute favorite way to get vitamin B (booze). I make my dark and stormy the same way I make all mules, though - all mixed together. No nerve-searing float. I also like mine weak, with a lot of lime. 1 part lime, 2 parts dark rum (Kirkland brand), 3 parts ginger beer (Aldi). It seems like a poor person's paradise, but Aldi's ginger beer is all natural, excellent, in a reusable Kraus EZ-cap bottle for $2; and the Kirkland brand dark rum is easily competes with the best name brands in both complexity and smoothness, so I don't question it. Flavor over marketing. And then the limes I get from Hyvee. $2 for 2 lbs thanks to their "imperfect fruit" discount produce program. I drink like a king on a pauper's budget! Midwestern frugalism at its finest.
Amanda H. October 15, 2017
Hi Mark -- love all the detail you shared, thank you!
Jodie September 21, 2015
I am obsessed with mules; Moscow mule, dark or light & stormy, Mexican mule, Swedish mule, Irish mule.........
Cyndy August 24, 2014
True Moscow Mule should be served in a copper cup...you forgot to mention this ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT for the cocktail!
Beth November 25, 2013
I Love this recipe but a true moscow mule needs to be served in a copper cup! It's just tradition. Check out this video tutorial on how to make mules the Grey Goose way, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zM4uTrwUuc
Cookie16 September 16, 2013
Goslings Black Seal Rum is a must but personally I adore Cock & Bull ginger beer — most gingery ginger beer on the market in my opinion. Love the kick it has!

frog August 20, 2013
I wouldn't use Gosling Ginger Beer--it is made with high fructose corn syrup. I use Reed's.
Joe V. July 30, 2013
I like to add a little extra kick, as I find the various ginger beers don't have quite the kick I'm looking for... I grate a small piece of fresh ginger with my Microplane, and then squeeze the juice out of the pulp using a fine mesh sieve. Just about a teaspoon of ginger juice gives the Dark & Stormy that gingery bite that I love!
Amanda H. July 30, 2013
Great tip -- thanks!
taxidog February 25, 2013
Goslings dark rum and organic (chunks of ginger swirling about) ginger ale from the health food store- yum
frog February 20, 2013
Gosling Ginger Beer is made under license in the USA and use high fructose corn syrup. Reed's Ginger Beer is a better choice and widely available. When I use other rums than Goslings (e.g. Appleton's), I call it a Jamaican Jenny
Stephanie A. February 8, 2013
Another nice 'n easy drink, which I served at my little Super Bowl party, is ginger beer mixed with a good hoppy IPA (maybe 2 parts beer to one part ginger beer). Very refreshing!
crissykins February 5, 2013
i like my ginger beer with a good whiskey and lime.
workmomcook February 5, 2013
We've morphed the Moscow Mule into a Donkey Kick (the name doesn't really work, I know!) by replacing the vodka with bourbon. So good!
maryte February 4, 2013
I tried D&S with Gosling's dark rum and it was nowhere near as good as the ones I've made with Cruzan Black Strap rum. And Maine Root ginger beer is my mixer of choice!
Angela M. February 3, 2013
Here in California we like to do these with a good tequila...
SeaJambon February 5, 2013
With Tequila, does it become a Baja Burro? giggle ;) [sorry; couldn't help myself...]
Angela M. February 20, 2013
You might be on to something...
laurenlemongrass February 3, 2013
I highly recommend trying this same idea with gin! It's lighter than a Dark and Stormy and is really refreshing.
Steph D. February 3, 2013
Just moved to Seattle. Many types of artisan ginger beers available. Discovered Dark and Stormy at a Happy Hour ... on quite a few of the bar menus here :)
JanieMac February 3, 2013
Delighted to hear my drink has a proper name! Since becoming intolerant to both wine and beer - I know, I know, how does one go on? - I have been drinking a Moscow Mule apparently! hurrah! I add fresh coriander/cilantro if I have it, and for a long drink in summer, plain soda water too in a tall glass. To avoid the products of fermentation I use the powerful Rochester Ginger, it is non-alcoholic and made of all sort of roots in the U.K.
Andreakat February 2, 2013
Love, love, love Dark and Stormy's. I've been making them with Kraken Rum. I know it's technically a spiced rum but so good.
micook February 2, 2013
My husband started drinking these again on a West Coast trip that ended in Seattle, which easily had the biggest selection of ginger beer. But I think I have improved on the recipe. I made a big batch of crystallized ginger and was left with a bottle of ginger syrup. Add half an ounce (maybe less) to this and a lime and YUM! Copper mug also makes a huge difference, I think.
Amanda H. February 3, 2013
Nice bi-product of crystallized ginger!
amysarah February 2, 2013
A bit of a tangent, but do you know what the glass is in the Dark 'n Stormy photos? Really like its thick glass and chunky proportions. (Looks a little Simon Pearce-ish maybe?) Thanks!
Amanda H. February 3, 2013
I got this glass at Bloom in Sag Harbor -- however I don't know the name of the manufacturer.