There are few things more refreshing than fizzy cocktails, especially in that summer heat we’re all craving. This week in our cocktail hour series, we’re experimenting with one of our favourite everyday drinks, Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer. While we usually drink it chilled over ice, or as an alternative to beer, we thought we’d try popping it into a Dark and Stormy, a classic cocktail we love to drink all year round.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Crabbie’s brand, their heritage dates back to 19th century Edinburgh when drink merchant John Crabbie combined the inspiration from the Far East to make up this iconic beverage. Unlike many ginger beers Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer is made from real ginger, cold steeped with a few secret ingredients for six weeks to produce a rich yet spicy blend that’s fizzy and citrusy on the finish. YUM!

While it’s best to give this a try on your first go over ice with a little citrus wedge, we thought, why not marry it with some dark rum and a ton of sweet key lime juice for a Dark & Crabbie! In case you’re unfamiliar with key limes they’re not just for pies! They’re smaller in size than regular limes but actually tend to produce more juice that’s actually sweeter from their tiny dollar sized shell. While they may have a few seeds, the sweet flavor of the key lime juice really lets that Crabbie’s spiciness shine through.

So go ahead, transport yourself to more tropical temperatures with our take on a classic below and share some #CrabbiesTime with your friends.

Dark and Crabbie Cockatil

2oz Dark Rum
1oz Fresh Lime Juice
2oz Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Combine rum and fresh lime in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice and top generously with Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Garnish with fresh key lime wheels.


Can’t be bothered to mix up a cocktail? Remember for the perfect serve – Crabbie’s ‘over ice with a slice’ tastes rather amazing too!

Find Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer and Crabbie’s Raspberry flavor at liquor stores across Canada.