Spooky Halloween Cocktail (Dark & Stormy)

Classic Dark & Stormy recipe is an easy spooky Halloween cocktail to serve for an adult themed party. Combine 3 simple ingredients like fresh lime juice, dark rum and ginger beer, and pour over spider-filled ice cubes for a festive presentation.

two halloween cocktails with spider ice cubes and spooky decorations.

Simple Halloween Cocktail

Have you ever made a Dark n’ Stormy cocktail? If not, you need to try it for Halloween! Even the name lends itself to a fun signature party drink.

This simple recipe is delicious and refreshing with just a few ingredients. It’s refreshing and similar to a Moscow mule but uses rum instead of vodka.

Set up a Halloween bar and let guests make it themselves, or serve it for a Halloween dinner party before the meal.

It’s even great for a guys night or ladies-night-in witch themed party.

3 Ingredients in a Dark n’ Stormy

Here’s all you need in order to make this quick and easy recipe.

  • Dark rum. Gosling’s Black Seal rum is traditionally used here and has actually trademarked the name of the cocktail. It’s from Bermuda and has notes of vanilla, caramel and spices. But if you want to make a “Dark & Spooky” cocktail, you can use your favorite dark rum.
  • Lime. Use fresh squeezed lime juice! You don’t have to juice limes though; you can simply cut limes into quarters so that wedges are readily available and easy to use at a party. Just squeeze a couple of lime wedges into the drink.
  • Ginger beer. Contrary to the name, ginger beer is a non-alcoholic drink. It has intense ginger flavor and carbonation that pairs well with the dark rum. If you substitute with ginger ale you’ll get a much milder flavor.

Add the rum and lime juice into an 8-ounce glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and lime garnish.

PARTY TIP: You can garnish the rim of the glass using a lime wedge and black rimming sugar too, if you like.

drinks in two round glasses on black tray with spider ice cubes, for Halloween.

Spider Ice Cubes

Make the spooky ice by adding one or two plastic spiders to an ice tray or ice mold. Fill the wells with water and freeze until solid.

PARTY TIP: Want to make this spooky spider ice for kids? Just serve them in a glass of apple juice!

What to Serve It With

Set up a food buffet for grown ups and serve themed foods. These are some of my favorites.

light colored drink in round glasses with spider ice cubes.

More Halloween Drinks

If you love Halloween cocktails, you’ll want to check out these party recipes.

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round glass with drink inside and spider ice cubes.

Spooky Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Serve a Dark & Stormy cocktail for Halloween and make it a Dark & Spooky! Dark rum, lime juice and ginger beer come together for a refreshing drink. Serve it over ice with a spider frozen inside for a frighteningly delicious party drink.


  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice - about half a small lime
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) dark rum - Gosling's Black Seal rum or substitute
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) ginger beer


Combine lime juice and rum in a short glass with ice.

Top with ginger beer and garnish with lime.


For Halloween, garnish with spider ice cubes.

Rim the glass edge with black sugar if you like.

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  1. Hmmm…not sure about the spider, what a great "trick" to use apple juice and serve it to my teenage boys,wonder if they would even notice the spider? LOL
    Have a great day!

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