Vanilla-Infused Pear Dark n’ Stormy

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!

by Lindsay

I'm Lindsay, the owner of OliveTree Handmade. I love designing and creating re-purposed and vintage inspired jewelry and accessories using vintage pieces and old/unwanted/broken items. Giving new life to something that otherwise wouldn't be used or thrown away.

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17 Responses to “Vanilla-Infused Pear Dark n’ Stormy”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This sounds truly lovely!! SUCH an awesome recipe!


    • Lindsay — January 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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


  2. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — January 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm

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


    • Lindsay — January 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

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


  3. Dianna — January 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    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!


    • Lindsay — January 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm


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


  4. Gail @ 2Create in Color — January 24, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    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!


    • Lindsay — January 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm


      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!


  5. Jessica (bakecetera) — January 25, 2014 at 5:40 am

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


    • Lindsay — January 25, 2014 at 11:56 am

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


  6. Alanna — January 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

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


    • Lindsay — January 25, 2014 at 11:55 am

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


  7. Sue — January 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    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!


    • Lindsay — January 26, 2014 at 11:22 am


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


  8. sara — January 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Yum yum! This looks amazing. :)


  9. Tracy | Pale Yellow — January 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

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


  10. Alexis — March 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm

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


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