Kick off your fall party with this easy Blood Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail! Light, refreshing, citrusy and addicting, this fun and fruity twist on the classic Dark and Stormy drink is hands down the best I’ve ever had.

Three glasses with skulls on them with Blood Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktails and a skull ice cube.

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Dark and Stormy Drink

Happy Halloween!!! We kicked off the holiday yesterday with a couple segments on all things Halloween on Fox 29 yesterday and it couldn’t have been more fun. Landon stayed home for the first half and helped out with these Witch Finger cookies….he’s a total natural on camera….and then we made a few crafty things that I’m saving for you all next year.

Don’t worry, I’ll make sure they’re all done in time for you to spend all the dollars at your local craft store but this Blood Orange Dark and Stormy Drink was soooo good I decided to share it here with you today! It’s so easy to whip up at the last minute, too.

So, even if you’re not having a party tonight you can totally fix this for yourself to sip on while doling out candy to the creepy little goblins ringing the doorbell.

Close up of Dark and Stormy cocktail in a highball glass with a skull ice cube.

What is a Dark and Stormy drink?

A Dark N Stormy is a highball drink made with dark rum and ginger beer served over ice then garnished with lime. Rumor has it that the drink was invented in Bermuda shortly after World War I and doesn’t traditionally use lime in the recipe but I love the citrus punch it adds to the drink.

For this Blood Orange Dark N Stormy, I replaced the lime juice with freshly squeezed blood orange juice for a winter twist that is fruity and fantastic!

Skull ice cube in front of three highball glasses filled with Dark and Stormy cocktails.

What Rum To Use

There are so many different types of rum that will all offer up a different flavor profile in your Dark N Stormy so be sure you use one that you love, personally. I like a lighter spiced rum for this Blood Orange Dark and Stormy since it’s the fall season and everything seems to be “spiced.”

Also, your ginger beer selection will affect the flavor of your drink so be sure to choose one that you know and love.

Can you use Ginger Ale in a Dark and Stormy?

You certainly can use ginger ale in place of the Ginger Beer but the ginger flavor will be less pronounced……and the whole drink will taste much different than intended.

However, sometimes Ginger Beer is hard to find so ginger ale would be a fine substitute if you’re having trouble locating Ginger Beer.

Dark and Stormy cocktail in a highball glass with blood orange juice being poured into it.

How To Make It

Making a Dark and Stormy drink couldn’t be easier and it’s ready in minutes with these simple steps:

  1. Place ice in a high ball glass.
  2. Pour the rum and ginger beer over the ice.
  3. Top the rum and ginger beer with the blood orange juice.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.

How easy is that? And it’s the perfect party drink for fall and winter with the warm spices from the rum and the bright citrusy flavor of the blood orange. It’s a great signature cocktail if you don’t have one already and I like to serve it along with these easy appetizers when I’m hosting impromptu parties:

Far shot of four dark and stormy cocktails in a high ball glass with a carafe of blood orange juice and paper straws.

And if you’re not really feeling the love for this Spiced Blood Orange Dark and Stormy, check out these other fabulously easy cocktails:

Now that I have your fall party needs covered……make sure you send me an invite! I’m a great guest. And I’ll bring cookies. 🙂

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Get the Recipe: Spiced Blood Orange Dark and Stormy

Easy and refreshing, this Spiced Blood Orange Dark and Stormy cocktail is perfect for the cooler months.
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  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce blood orange juice
  • orange slices


  • Pour the rum over ice in a highball glass.
  • Fill with ginger beer and top with blood orange juice.
  • Stir. Serve with orange slices.
Calories: 172kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 56mg, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 55IU, Vitamin C: 14.2mg