Dark And Stormy Cocktail Gift Set Delivery – Toronto And Ontario

What’s the unofficial drink of Bermuda? And of the sailing or boating community? It’s a dark, sweet, spicy cocktail appropriately called the Dark and Stormy. If you are thinking of a cocktail gift that is not run of the mill, the Dark ‘N Stormy kit is perfect. It’s the most recognized drink in the boating world and one of the most popular cocktails with rum the world over.

So, the story goes that it was sometime after the end to World War I, that the Dark and Stormy was born. It was created on the island of Bermuda, home to many a shipwreck, and also home to the Goslings, who had already created a name on the island with their rum production.

Eventually, the sailors who frequented Bermuda realized that a marriage between the standard Gosling’s rum and ginger beer was a match made in heaven. Legend has it that the name, Dark and Stormy, comes from a sailor who, suitably drunk, likened the cocktail’s dark looks to the stormy clouds at sea.

View our options below to learn how you can curate a wonderful gift with our Dark and Stormy cocktail gift set. 

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What Is Included In The Dark and Stormy Cocktail Gift?

Liquor: Rum

The cocktail was originally made from Gosling’s Black Seal rum and Barritt’s Ginger Beer. But their partnership soured and Gosling eventually started making their own ginger beer. Of course, you can’t patent a drink recipe, but you can patent a name. And it’s illegal to make a Dark ‘N Stormy with anything other than Gosling’s Black Seal rum.

Goslings rum is made from a 150-year-old Gosling family recipe which is aged in charred American oak casks. During World War 2, bottles were in short supply, so Goslings bottled their rum in discarded champagne bottles. The bottles were resealed with black wax and the locals began asking the Goslings for the “black seal rum”, and the brand was born. The logo of a barrel-juggling black seal was added to the label many years later.

And what’s a drink without all this history? At 180 Drinks, we like to make sure that your giftee also knows these tidbits. We add detailed background information along with your Dark and Stormy cocktail gift set. This makes your gift more thoughtful and one that the recipient will cherish.

Gift Basket With Fruits And Vegetables

You can complement your Dark and Stormy gift basket with our seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables. 


At 180 Drinks, we source organic fruits and vegetables to ensure that your drink carries only the freshest aromas and flavors.

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Herbs And Spices

At 180 Drinks, we can add herbs and spices to your Dark and Stormy cocktail gift set.

Herbs and spices add extra dimensions to any cocktail, and you can always create your own version of the Dark and Stormy cocktail with just a few essential herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or mint. 

Citrus Fruits 

At 180 Drinks, we can add in fresh citrus fruits to your gift.

Although the classic Dark and Stormy cocktail doesn’t call for the addition of lime IN the drink, having fresh citrus fruits on hand is a good way of starting any cocktail culinary adventures. 

We can mix any of the citrus fruits and make it a wholesome package for your giftee.


Sugar syrups are often used in the Dark and Stormy cocktail to offset the dark taste of the rum. For example a ginger syrup and soda could be used instead of a ginger beer.

We ship great syrups with your gift to make your drink gift that extra bit sweeter.

Bitters For A Different Taste

If you are going to make the original Dark and Stormy cocktail, you don’t need to add bitters. But over the years, cocktail lovers have found unique ways to add extra dimensions to their favorite drinks. And bitters are by far one of the best ways to add that extra oomph to a drink.

Add a burst of citrus notes to the brooding stormy of this cocktail with orange bitters. Or how about some more spicy notes with Angostura bitters? We can make this drink gift as special as you wish!

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The de-facto garnish for the Dark and Stormy is the lime wedge. But there’s no reason why you can’t garnish with an orange twist as well. 

We offer a range of garnishes that complement your Dark and Stormy kit.


We provide large ice cube trays to make ice that melts slowly. Fast melting ice can dilute the drink and flatten its flavors and evervescence from the ginger beer in a Dark ‘N Stormy. This allows you to savor each sip of your cocktail. Just the way it should be!  


The highball glass is the preferred glassware for the Dark and Stormy. This is because it can contain a large portion of the drink before you pour ice over it. 

This tall, skinny glass is perfect for this cocktail as the rum and the ginger beer combine well in this glass in layers. 

Recipe Cards

At 180 Drinks, we want to make the process of gifting hassle-free and easy. We include recipe cards to help demystify the technique to make this cocktail. We also offer instructional videos that guide the giftee through the drink building process.


Foodie Gifts

You can complement your Dark and Stormy gift basket with other food items. These include: 

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Jerky
  • Black Truffle Potato Chips

To learn more about food accompaniments, consult the individual gift descriptions.

Bar Tools 

We can also add bar tools to make the cocktail experience better for you. Some of the most common bar tools and gifts for a Dark and Stormy cocktail gift are:

  • Bar spoons
  • Jiggers
  • Bottle openers
  • Cocktail pourer

We optionally include this equipment, as an upgrade. Check with us if in doubt and our mixologists would be happy to help you out.

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Personalize Your Dark and Stormy Gift Basket 

We can personalize any of your gifts with a special message to the giftee. 

All you have to do is add a note at the time of ordering. We will make sure the recipient gets it!

Dark and Stormy Cocktail Gift Set FAQs

I really would like to drinks! Where do you deliver these Dark and Stormy drink kits?

We deliver our Dark and Stormy drink kits to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and across Ontario, Canada.

Do you ship outside Ontario?

We can ship our cocktail kits, including liquor in Ontario only.

I have ordered your Dark and Stormy gift basket. When will my order be delivered or shipped?

Order by 5pm for next day delivery via our local couriers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

For shipped orders via post, orders will be processed for delivery the next business day. The shipping time depends on the shipping method and carrier selected.

Can I pick up the Dark And Stormy Kit?

Absolutely! You can pick up your gift for FREE from 12pm to 6pm every day at our office. This is our address: 400 Matheson Blvd E, Unit 20, Mississauga ON L4Z 1N8. 

Can you send my Dark and Stormy cocktail gift set on a specific date?

We can do that! When you order from us, you can select a preferred delivery date. We will then schedule your gift for the delivery or ship date desired. 

Do You Offer A Monthly Cocktail Subscription?

So, you can enjoy an amazing cocktail once, or you enjoy a new once each month! 

We offer a monthly cocktail subscription boxes with delivery across Ontario.

Learn more today about our cocktail subscription today.

I have ordered your Dark and Stormy drink gift set. Who should I contact if I have any questions regarding the order?

You can email us if you have any questions about your Dark ‘N Stormy kit order.

What’s the classic Dark and Stormy cocktail recipe?

There are many variations of the Dark and Stormy cocktail recipe. But let’s bear in mind that you can’t call this cocktail a Dark and Stormy unless you include Gosling’s Black Seal rum. With that in mind, here’s the recipe that our mixologists swear by:


2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal rum

4-5 ounces of ginger beer

Lime wedge garnish


Take a tall Collins glass filled with ice. Add in the rum and ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with the lime wedge. Interested in trying this out? Then try out our Dark and Stormy gift set.

Do you get your liquor for your Dark N Stormy Cocktail Kits from the LCBO?

The LCBO offers a great selection of rum for Dark ‘N Stormy cocktail kits for residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario. We do source our liquor for our gifts from the LCBO.

Do you sell your Dark And Stormy Gifts on Amazon or Etsy?

Currently we only sell our Dark and Stormy gifts through our website. Amazon and Etsy currently do not allow for the sale of gifts with alcohol on their platform.