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Snow. Cold. Ice. It seems like it’s never-ending here in Ohio. I don’t know about where you are, but I am over it. Over bundling into 10 layers just to go outside and scrape 10 more layers of ice off my car. Over the sludge that builds up on the side of the road and makes everything look gray and gross.

I was going to make you another warm, boozy cocktail to help with the winter blues I’m guessing we’re all suffering from by now, but I’ve decided to do the exact opposite. Today I’m going to share with you a tropical drink with a teeny tiny seasonal twist.

The classic Dark n’ Stormy cocktail is the national drink of Bermuda, which is where I would like to transport myself – right now! Since that isn’t happening any time soon, I’m bringing a taste of the caribbean to the midwest.

A traditional Dark n’ Stormy consists of dark rum (preferably Gosling’s Black Seal Rum), non-alcoholic ginger beer, and lime. To add a seasonal twist to this delicious drink, I substituted half of the ginger beer with vanilla-infused pear juice. Pear, ginger, vanilla and rum… sounds like the perfect combination to me!

So lose the blanket, the slippers, and that hideous 3 sizes too big sweatshirt; crank the heat, and imagine yourself on a beautiful Caribbean beach with this cocktail in hand!


Vanilla-Infused Pear Dark n' Stormy


Dark Rum (I recommend Goslings or another Jamaican or Bermudan Rum)
100% Pear Juice (do not use nectar,it will end up being too sweet)
1 Vanilla Bean Pod
Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer (Jamaican or Bermudan style)


Split the vanilla bean pod lengthwise and put in your container of pear juice, let it sit for at least an hour. This will infuse the juice with the flavor of the vanilla pod.
For each drink:
Fill a tall glass with lots of ice.
1 1/2 oz of dark rum
Top off with equal parts ginger beer and pear juice
garnish with slice of lime


Adjust the drink to your liking!

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  1. Alexis says:

    LOOKS AMAZING!! Must try. Over this weather too, but a dark and stormy is suddenly making 20 degrees and snow not look as terrible.

  2. Tracy | Pale Yellow says:

    I adore a good dark n’ stormy! This one with pear and vanilla looks delightful!

  3. sara says:

    Yum yum! This looks amazing. :)

  4. Sue says:

    More snow in our forecast for today so your timing is perfect Lindsay! A quick trip to the store and then Bermuda cocktail time! Have a great weekend all!

    1. Lindsay says:


      That sounds like a wonderful snow day! It hasn’t stopped here either, I might have to revisit this cocktail today!


  5. Alanna says:

    I love a good Dark n’ Stormy. What a brilliant take on this drink! These are just beautiful. Also, I love your jewelry!

    1. Lindsay says:

      Thank you so much! I definitely recommended this to anyone that loves the traditional cocktail!


  6. Jessica (bakecetera) says:

    this is one of my favourite cocktails – and i love to see it paired with PEAR JUICE! wow – what a great recipe!!

    1. Lindsay says:

      Thanks, Jessica! Pear and ginger is such a great combo! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


  7. Gail @ 2Create in Color says:

    I don’t drink alcohol, but I am a ginger beer aficionado and Stormy Ginger Beer is my new favorite when I can ever rarely find it! Pear and vanilla with a good brewed ginger beer sounds fantastic!

    1. Lindsay says:


      It must be gaining in popularity a little because I actually found some in the organic section (by the fancy sodas) of the grocery store! And, this drink would be just as delicious without the rum! Thanks so much for stopping in and have a fantastic day!


  8. Dianna says:

    I gasped when I saw this. So many of my favorite things in one place! My drink of choice for the past few years has been the Dark n’ Stormy… must try this version!

    1. Lindsay says:


      Yes, you must! Then stop back and let us know what you think :). Have a wonderful day!


  9. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says:

    Oh yum! I’m totally craving one these right now to take away the winter blues!

    1. Lindsay says:

      Hey, it works…at least for a few hours! Have a great day!


  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    This sounds truly lovely!! SUCH an awesome recipe!

    1. Lindsay says:

      Thank you so much, Katrina! Have a wonderful weekend.