Last Updated on November 28, 2020 by Lucy Foxell
A Dark ‘n’ Stormy celebration of 007 with Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum.
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A bottle of rum doesn’t come much more decadent than this with its dark black bottle emblazoned with ‘Blackwell Rum 007’, this special limited edition of Fine Jamaican Dark Rum has been released in celebration of the new Bond film which will now be released in April 2021.
Blackwell Rum is owned by the legendary Chris Blackwell, who is the founder of Island Records, famed amongst other things for discovering Bob Marley. Blackwell owns Ian Fleming’s former residence ‘GoldenEye’ in Jamaica which is now a stunning holiday resort. It was here that Fleming wrote the Bond novels.
This limited-edition dark rum features an 007 logo and an augmented reality experience available via a QR code on the bottle. I tried it out for myself, scanning the bar code with my mobile phone. Lo and behold, Chris Blackwell comes to life sharing his story.
“James Bond has been a big part of my life, from my childhood lunches with Ian Fleming at GoldenEye to being a location scout on the first movie, Dr. No (1962). It was a pleasure working alongside the No Time To Die production team in Jamaica providing our iconic rum for the set in James Bond’s house, which has made this very special relationship come full circle.
This is a rum that celebrates Jamaica, my friendships, and also my family legacy,” – Chris Blackwell.
Well, I know where I’d rather be this Christmas, but it seems rather unlikely that I’ll be taking a trip to Jamaica and sipping Blackwell rum on their home shores anytime soon. So instead, I’m going to make some fabulous Dark ‘n’ Stormy rum cocktails to celebrate Christmas in style using this deliciously rich, smooth and fragrant rum. Alternatively, you could transport a friend or family member to sunnier shores gifting them a bottle of Blackwells rum, I think it would make a rather good Christmas present!
The Dark ’n’ Stormy cocktail did in fact originate in the Caribbean – from Bermuda. In 1806, a chartered English clipper commandeered by James Gosling arrived on Bermuda’s shores after their charter ran out. The Goslings became a very prominent family on the island and they started their own rum business in 1857. They discovered that ginger beer, another favourite drink of the British was also produced on the island and that their Gosling’s molasses-y Black Seal rum was the perfect complement to the piquant bite of ginger beer. The Dark ‘n Stormy was born. But it’s not only the favoured tipple of sailors, at Harry’s, a popular watering hole and seafood restaurant for Bermuda power players, the Dark ‘n’ Stormy remains the most frequently ordered cocktail today.
Making a Dark ‘n’ Stormy is super quick and easy, all you need is a bottle of dark rum (preferably Blackwells) some good quality ginger beer, ice and a lime. See my recipe below.
- 50 ml dark rum
- 100 ml chilled ginger beer (a good quality fiery variety)
- 1 squeeze fresh lime juice
- 5 ml simple syrup (optional)
Fill a tumbler or highball glass about 3/4 with ice.
Add the rum, ginger beer and, for a sweeter cocktail, simple syrup to taste.
Squeeze in a dash of fresh lime juice to taste.
Stir gently and garnish with a wedge of lime.
Looking for an alternative dark rum cocktail? We love this simple Mulled Rum – and it’s easy to make too.
If you’d like to buy Blackwell Rum or learn more about the heritage and background, do check out their website. You can order direct from their shop, from Amazon or from well-known drinks retails like Masters of Malt. For a taste of the Caribbean, you could try our healthier Jerk Chicken Rice and Peas recipe too!