The Sample Room's Dark-N-Stormy: An upgraded, but classic drink of the week

This beats the heat...

The Sample Room
2124 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis

Sometimes a simple rum drink can make a summer evening sublime. The Hot Dish has always had a soft spot for The Sample Room, so we headed to Nordeast. The patio is admittedly adorable, but our preferred place is a seat at the bar. Ordering the Dark-N-Stormy, a Bermudan staple, we hoped our sweaty blues would soon melt away.

The Dark 'n' Stormy is an oddity in the drink world, as it is trademarked by the Gosling company and has specifically dictated ingredients (best explained in this NYT article). However, The Sample Room serves their own version of the classic with Nicaraguan Flor de Cana rum (and dashes, not apostrophes in the name) mixed with the very proper Gosling's Ginger Beer. The only other additions to the combination are ice and a piece of lime.

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Just a bit of lime added

Their rum upgrade improves on an already well-balanced drink. The ginger beer smooths out the rum and the bubbles gently lighten the entire mixture. It brings to mind the sea, which is appropriate as sailing networks likely popularized the drink style, bringing it up the eastern seaboard from the Caribbean.

A neighborhood fave

For this hot summer, The Sample Room's Dark-N-Stormy is a good way to quench and cool off. Sure, sit on the patio if you choose, but The Hot Dish will be inside by the bartender, sipping this rum cooler and hogging the A/C.

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Three cheers to The Sample Room...always shakin' it up and keepin' it cool.  Simply the best...!


It's a great party drink --quick to make and delish. Most rums and ginger beers work, too.

Susan Gainen
Susan Gainen

Introduced to this drink 30 years ago by Tom and Peg Basham. Still my favorite. 


this is a lovely drink.  never had it at the sample room, but first ave added bitters to the dark rum & ginger mix and it was also quite lovely

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