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If You Like Dark ‘N’ Stormies, You’ll Love These 8 Cocktails

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The Dark ‘N’ Stormy is a classic cocktail for a reason. With its sweet, tangy mix of dark rum, lime juice and spicy ginger beer, it’s super easy to make and typically good for pleasing a crowd. But if you’re looking to switch up your happy hour game and treat your palate to fresh, new flavors, here are eight similar cocktails that every Dark ‘N’ Stormy fan will love.

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Even Dark ‘N’ Stormy purists will love this twist on the cocktail, which adds one simple but significant ingredient—Angostura bitters. The aromatic additive only strengthens the drink’s Caribbean flavor by enhancing the rich rum and spicy ginger beer.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
bitters
Ginger Beer
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Swap spicy ginger beer for sweet, satisfying Coca-Cola, and you have the legendary Cuba Libre. If you’re looking for a less sweet libation, swap in Mexican Coke, which contains cane sugar instead of corn syrup.

The Essentials

Rum
Lime Juice
Coca-Cola
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If you’re in the mood for something smoother than the Dark ‘N’ Stormy, this Caribbean classic swaps spicy ginger beer for sweet, tropical falernum. We suggest sipping one by the pool or anytime you need a mini getaway.

The Essentials

blackstrap rum
falernum
lime juice
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Instead of bubbly ginger beer, this potent potion utilizes another fizzy component: Champagne. Dosed with a touch of honey syrup for just the right amount of sweetness, it’s a simple drink that will class up any party.

The Essentials

Gold rum
Honey syrup
Champagne
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Those who love the refreshing, spritzy mix of rum and lime, but could take or leave ginger beer’s spice, will dig this cocktail. A bit of demerara syrup sweetens the deal, and an ounce of water makes the whole thing extra light and refreshing.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Lime Juice
Demerara Syrup
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This Peruvian tipple was inspired by a drink called the Buongiorno, which was made with grappa, lime juice and ginger beer. A quick swap of pisco for the Italian brandy, and you have this energizing brunch-ready cocktail.

The Essentials

pisco
fresh lime juice
Ginger beer
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Lovers of Dark ‘N’ Stormies who are craving a similar but drier option should spring for the classic Moscow Mule. Vodka takes the place of rum for a less tropical, but equally refreshing libation.

The Essentials

Vodka
Lime Juice
Ginger Beer
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While this Caribbean classic doesn’t contain any ginger beer, chilled black tea adds an interesting depth to the mix of rum, lime and demerara syrup. Whip one up when your palate needs an island-inspired adventure.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Lime Juice
Black Tea

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