Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Spirits >
Oct 23, 2012 11:08 AM

Can Dark and Stormy's be made in large quantities, lets say 15 to 30 drinks at a time?

We are having a large group of guests this weekend and I was hoping to make Dark and Stormy's our signature drink for our second night together. My thought is to make a large pitcher and allow guests to serve themselves. How long do you think the ginger beer will stay bubbly?

Thanks in advance

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Best posted on Spirits, but if you're like me, and like the visual of the rum swirling into the ginger beer, they ought to be mixed freshly and individually, not en masse.

    1. a proper dark & stormy has the ginger beer kinda floating on top of the rum. it's not something that should be made in pitchers.

      if you decide to do it anyway, do not add ice to the pitcher and i'm guessing the stuff will stay bubbly about 30 minutes or so.

      1. I think you would be ok pre-making them in a pitcher if you only expect them to last for a cocktail hour. The ginger beer I buy comes in 12 oz bottles that aren't re-sealable so whenever I make them for myself, the ginger beer has been open and exposed to the air for awhile before I make a second one. The ginger beer doesn't go flat right away. I wouldn't put ice in the pitcher though as that would water them down.

        The question for me is whether it is really worth pre-mixing. They are pretty simple, two ingredient drinks.

        1. I personally don't like the rum to be floating on top. Yes it makes for a nice visual, but unless you want to drink them separately it doesn't make sense. Plus, typically in a highball, the liquor should go at the bottom with the soda on top so that when you're drinking it with the straw you will get the liquor first.

          I think a pitcher of Dark and Stormy's is a fine idea. They should last for an hour or two without going too flat. Probably the best way to do it would be to pour from an uniced pitcher into glasses full of ice. BTW i like mine with some lime juice in it, which seems to be a common way to go even if Bermudians would scoff.

          1 Reply
          1. re: nickls

            This Bermudian finds talk of a 'proper dark and stormy' amusing. Way back when, we had Black Seal, we had Barrit's ginger beer, we mixed them together, we still do.