Dark and Stormy - Malcolm Gosling

Margaret Swaine

Bermuda is the host country for the 35th America’s Cup, set to take place in 2017, a competition for the oldest trophy in international sport (dates back to 1851) that features the fastest boats and the best sailors in the world. The first leg of the competition, the America’s Cup World Series held in October 2015 saw plenty of celebrants drinking Bermuda’s national cocktail, the Dark ’n Stormy, a mix of Gosling’s Black Seal rum with Gosling’s ginger beer. As Gosling’s is both the official rum and the official ginger beer of the 35th America’s Cup - sailors, Bermudians and spectators will be knocking back this cocktail a lot over the next two years and beyond.

Family owned Gosling’s is the oldest business in Bermuda. It all began in 1806 when James Gosling, the oldest son of wine and spirit merchant William Gosling, set sail from England bound for America but was becalmed at sea for so long that the charter ran out. James and his merchandise put in at the nearest port - Bermuda. When James learned the British navy used Bermuda as a stop off point to replenish supplies, rather than continue on he set up shop. Sailors at that time and up until the nineteen forties were given a daily ration of rum.

The distinctive black rum destined to be Black Seal was first formulated in about 1860. As always it’s still blended and bottled in Bermuda but comes from several Caribbean islands. Distilleries in Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados make the Gosling’s rum from a base of molasses. These distinct rums are then blended and aged in once used American bourbon barrels re-charred to a heavy toast. Caramel is added to keep the colour consistent. The result is a dark, deep, complex full-flavoured rum with a gingerbread finish.

Gosling’s rum began seven generations ago – seven stubborn generations ago according to the company’s own advertisements (the eight generation is just getting involved). Malcolm Gosling is the first generation to export the rum so the Dark ’n Stormy can be made correctly off the island. “My father and his brothers and his dad had no desire to get into the export business,” said Malcolm. “People would try the drink and want Gosling’s rum to make it but they had to come to Bermuda to get it.”

Dark and Stormy - Seven generations

The Gosling’s Black Seal rum is so synonymous with Bermuda it’s everywhere on this tiny 21 square mile paradise of pink-sand beaches, gorgeous verdant golf courses and turquoise waters. The ubiquitous Bermudian fish chowder, dark, thick with shredded fish and deliciously savoury is served with cruets of Black Seal rum and Outerbridges Sherry Peppers sauce to add at will.

Roofs of homes in Bermuda are designed by boat builders with wood beams and ribs, covered with limestone slate and painted with a lime wash or non-toxic paint – all to collect rain water for household use. Once completed a “roof wetting ceremony” is held using Gosling’s rum, primarily an excuse for a party.

“We all acquired a taste for rum at a very young age,” said Andrew Holmes, Brand manager at Gosling’s Export. “Black Seal rum was traditionally rubbed on teething babies gums to calm them down.”

Today just about every bar in Bermuda has a version of the national cocktail. At Marcus, the hot new eatery in the Hamilton Princess, they call it the Darker & Stormier, as they make it with a spicy house-made ginger beer. The Reefs Resort does a Dark and Stormy float with vanilla ice cream. Devil’s Isle does “Farm to Bar” cocktails, using fresh squeezed juices, home infused syrups, homemade bitters and great creativity. Their Rumballiach is a Gaelic twist on the Dark ’n Stormy mixing Black Seal rum with Drambuie, lime juice, Bermuda honey and ginger beer.

The original recipe is the first modern classic cocktail inducted into the US based Institute for Cocktail Excellence “Mixology Hall of Fame” which honours the best-of-the-best drinks. The best ever result of becalmed at sea. www.goslingsrum.com

Dark 'n Stormy - Gosling's lineup

The Cocktail recipe: Dark & Stormy

It’s a beautiful looking drink that’s surprisingly simple to make. You fill a glass with ice and ginger beer (Gosling’s or any good version works) and float Gosling’s Black Seal on top. “The cocktail looks like a dark, stormy night with the colour of a cloud that only a fool or dead man would sail under,” said seventh generation owner of the rum company Malcolm Gosling. Stir it well before you drink it or your first gulp will be straight rum.

6 oz ginger beer

2 oz Gosling's Black Seal rum

Fill glass with crushed ice. Add ginger beer. Pour rum gently on top so it floats. Stir until it looks like a storm cloud, then drink.


Photo Captions:

Photo 1 - Malcolm Gosling is the heir to the business and the first in seven generations to export the rum so the Dark ’n Stormy can be made correctly off the island.

Photo 2 - Seven generations and counting – purevyors of Bermuda’s national beverage and the choice of sailors everywhere – especially in the America’s Cup!

Photo 3 - 2 on Left: The essential ingredient to the Dark ’n Stormy – Gosling’s Black Seal Bermuda Black Rum. Middle right: The Dark 'n Stormy, Ready To Drink Rum Cocktail. Right: The other essential ingredient to the Dark ’n Stormy – Gosling’s Ginger Beer.

 

Related Articles

Destinations

  • Prev
The Moorings has just announced the launch of its newest Caribbean destination, Antigua. 
Toronto sailor and former RCYC coach/sailing instructor Ryan May is now a US coast guard captain ...
Just before the weekly party at Shirley HeightsSunsail staffer Chris Donahue conducts our chart ...
Chartering in the Caribbean conjures up images of turquoise sea, palm fringed beaches and great ...
Since anyone who opens an independent bookstore is at least as brave as a small boat shop owner, I ...
You’re on your way east to the 1000 Islands or the Trent-Severn. By entering north of Prince ...
I have lived in Ontario my whole life but have only recently had the pleasure of visiting the City ...
My trip to the Northwest Passage started long before I boarded the flight to Kangerlussaq with ...
During the summer of 2016, my wife and I cruised through the North Channel in Lake Huron on our ...
It’s like we’ve waved a magic wand and disappeared into a picture perfect painting, our ...

The Middens of Galiano Island

By Catherine Dook

We motored our way into Montague Harbour along a twisted channel with our engine muffled by the leaning trees.

“This is peaceful,” I told my husband, John.

“Look,” I pointed to an eagle sitting on the top of a tree overlooking the channel entrance like a sentinel giving permission for us to pass. Dignified, unruffled, his impassioned gaze noted and then dismissed us, as uninteresting and perhaps unworthy. I was tired. We’d pulled up anchor at Portland Island that morning, and the grind of the diesel engine had worn me down.

Read More of the Middens of Galiano Island.....

 

 

 

 

 

Boat Reviews

  • Prev
Commodore’s Boats is a full service shipyard with over 50 years of generational history and ...
Cruisers Yachts debuts the all-new 42 Cantius. The sporty, luxury cruiser will make its first ...
Once again, the designers at Jeanneau have outdone themselves with the innovative new Leader 10.5 ...
The introduction of X-Yachts’Xc range in 2008 has proven itself to be something of a game changer ...
Hull #1 ZINNIA, the all-new, twin outboard MJM 35z left Boston BoatWorks on July 5 for Newport and ...
Following a 10-year hiatus, Richmond, BC-based Crescent Custom Yachts is once again launching ...
According to the folks at Fraser Yacht Sales, you couldn't ask for more - the new Azimut Atlantis ...
During those cold, cold, sunless, dreary months of January and February, I want to remember the fun ...
The Rossiter 23 Classic Day Boatis both a logical extension of the Canadian-built Rossiter line and ...
It's rare for Canadian Yachting magazine to report on the same boat twice, but that is how ...

 

Cruisers Yachts Cantius 50

Cruisers Yachts Cantius 50By: John Armstrong and Andy Adams
Photos: Cruisers Yachts Inc.

Almost a decade ago, Cruisers Yachts Inc., launched an entire line of express cruisers called “Cantius” (named after company owner KC Stock’s grandfather) that began with the 48Cantius then came the 54, the 60 and now the Cantius 50. In the fall of 2017, we will be at the debut of the 42 Cantius at the Fort Lauderdale International boat show.

These designs have a strong family resemblance withhandsome and distinctive linesand with a design philosophy that you could say, pioneered the new version of the express cruiser. 

Read more of new Cruisers Yachts Cantius 50.....

 

 

DIY & How to

  • Prev
Water has a funny way of making its way into a boat: through through-hulls, stuffing boxes, leaks, ...
 Since the initial article of this column we have identified a wide range of apps and ...
Since the initial article of this series we have looked at the iPad and its use as a marine ...
The moment we all dread. It’s a warm sunny day and you’re out for a cruise. Suddenly ...
For most of us – this is the time to make the most of the boating season – launch and ...
Question: Is it possible to mount, protect and charge your iPad during marine navigation. ...
  Is iNavX the superlative marine navigation app?    
Question: Can I buy generic automotive parts or products for my boat, or should they specify ...
  There is a good deal of hesitancy and lack of understanding as to whether an iPad can ...

Marine Products

  • Prev
Just 10 shopping days to Christmas, so what to get for the boater who has everything? How about a ...
I am fortunate to have the ability to work from just about anywhere. A cellular signal and a Wi-Fi ...
Out here on the West Coast with boats in the water year-round, there is one constant activity and ...
As I sit looking out my window at the snow that is slowly piling up it is easy to be downtrodden by ...
In the last edition of this column we took a close look at iRegatta and the advantages it can bring ...
With all the devastation in the eastern Caribbean a natural question to ask is ‘is our boat in that ...
During the heat of summer, many boat owners turn on their air conditioning units. Whether portable ...
A milestone has been reached. The new D13-1000 sees Volvo Penta move into the 1000hp marine leisure ...
  Still looking for the perfect slip for your boat? Look no further!    
Canadian Yachting traveled to Newport to review and sea trial the new MJM 35z.     ...