The Best Cocktail for Fall, Pumpkin Butter Dark and Stormy

 There is no doubt in my mind that this Pumpkin Butter Dark and Stormy is the perfect cocktail for fall! Each glass is full of warming spices, pumpkin butter, fresh citrus and spiced rum. This celebratory cocktail is super easy to make and even easier to sip!

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A top down image of the a pumpkin butter dark and stormy cocktail.

What is a Dark ‘N Stormy cocktail?

The Dark ’n Stormy is a delicious, easy-to-make cocktail that features the refreshing flavor combination of dark rum, ginger beer and lime. It also goes down a lot easier than the name might imply. Dark and Stormy cocktails are a close cousin to the Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer, lime) and should be an easy transition into rum for vodka drinkers that want to branch out a bit!

Does any type of rum work when making a dark and stormy cocktail?

Technically Gosling’s Black Seal rum from Bermuda is the only rum that can be used in a Dark ’n Stormy! The company literally laid claim to the drink in 1991, by successfully registering a trademark dictating that any drink titled Dark ’n Stormy must be made with Gosling’s rum!

However, I’m not picky when it comes to Dark and Stormy cocktails at all and use spiced rum and dark rum interchangeably. Also, for what its worth, I typically don’t buy Gosling’s brand either. I just grab whatever is the best deal at the package store at the time.

A Pumpkin Butter Dark and Stormy, battle opener, and bowl of pretzels on a table top.

Ginger ale or ginger beer, what’s the difference?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but ginger ale is not a substitute for ginger beer in a Dark and Stormy cocktail and here’s why…

  • Ginger ale is carbonated water that’s flavored with ginger, similar to soda.
  • Ginger beer, on the other hand, is a non-alchohlic beverage that is brewed and fermented.

If you try making a Dark ’n Stormy cocktail with ginger ale, you’ll still produce a pretty delicious cocktail but the flavors won’t be as intense.

A glass full of homemade pumpkin butter

What the heck is pumpkin butter?

Pumpkin butter is quite possibly my favorite fall pantry staple as it literally tastes like the essence of fall! I make a delicious homemade version in my slow cooker with pureed pumpkin and spices, but I also really love the convenience of store bought versions like Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter.

This pumpkin spice infused twist on the traditional Dark and Stormy is my favorite cocktail of ALL time!

I made it with my friend’s Ryan and Adam of “Husbands that Cook” for a special Friday the 13th edition of their LIVE Saturday cooking show on Instagram and the first sip gave them CHILL BUMPS!!! That’s the ultimate complement right there folks, each sip is pure magic for the taste buds!

If you’ve made this Pumpkin Spice Dark & Stormy Cocktail I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews and comments really help others that visit This Mess is Ours.


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Dark and Stormy in the Pumpkin Patch recipe by @beardandbonnet

Pumpkin Butter Dark and Stormy Cocktail

  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Total Time: 3 mins
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails


Don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think about this Pumpkin Butter Dark and Stormy Cocktail in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours! 


  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 ½ ounces spiced rum
  • 1-inch wide strips of orange peel, no pith
  • ice
  • spicy ginger beer


  1. In a small glass combine the pumpkin butter, orange juice and rum. Stir to combine and set aside.
  2. Rub the orange peel around the rim of a high ball glass filled with ice. Add the peel to the glass then pour the pumpkin butter mixture over the top. Add ginger beer to fill the glass and stir. Serve immediately.


If you don’t have homemade pumpkin butter on hand you can buy it at the store in the jam and jelly section. Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter is our favorite!

Keywords: pumpkin butter recipes, pumpkin cocktail, pumpkin dark and stormy, dark and stormy cocktail, dark rum

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  1. Miriam LM November 21, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I got some of the carrot cake butter, too. Wondering how to do a cocktail with it… perhaps you will get inspired and share a recipe! We will be having pumpkin dark and stormys tomorrow.

  2. Kate November 14, 2015 at 6:02 am

    This drink sounds incredible. I think I’ll pick up all the ingredients so I can have one tonight!

    1. Meg November 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Girl, I am totally obsessed with these! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do 🙂

  3. jenna @ butter loves company November 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Meg, this sounds so amazingly delicious! We love that TJ’s pumpkin butter in this house too! Can’t wait to give this a go 🙂

    1. Meg November 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Jenna, I hope you love it as much as we do! This cocktail has forced me to stock up on lots and lots of TJ’s pumpkin butter. 🙂

  4. Cara October 30, 2015 at 6:35 am

    This sounds like a dangerous drink. You know, the kind where you down one in a matter of minutes and demand a second one and then, before you know it, you are in your kid’s costume knocking on doors, searching for candy 😉

    1. Meg October 30, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Hahaha! That is TOTALLY what kind of drink this Cara. Happy Halloween lovely lady 🙂


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