Healthier Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Kick back, relax and enjoy the end of the year with this healthier dark and stormy cocktail. Easy-to-make ginger syrup replaces sugar-laden ginger beer, slashing the beverage’s calories. Throw in some lime juice plus a spritz of club soda to create a refreshing and light taste. Ginger paste is found at most supermarkets, but you can always experiment with ginger juice. To make it, simply place washed ginger in a juicer, or go old school and grate it, put it in a cheesecloth, and squeeze.

Dark and Stormy Drink Recipe

Photo by Emily Miller

Healthier Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

Serves 4

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

The Skinny

Per 6-ounce drink:

  • 185 cal
  • .2 g fat
  • 15.7 g carbs
  • 2 mg sodium
  • .5 g fiber
  • 12.6 g sugar
  • .4 g protein


1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons ginger paste
8 ounces black rum
Juice from 1 lime
Club soda
Lime wedges


  1. Over low heat, place water and sugar in saucepan. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in ginger. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. In a tumbler, pour 2 ounces rum, 1 ounce of ginger simple syrup, and 1/2 ounce of lime juice. Top with club soda and ice.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Originally posted August 31, 2014.