Another classic cocktail making a quiet resurgence in the bar and restaurant scene as of late is the Dark & Stormy. This sultry sipper has been the inspiration for my cocktail, the Partly Cloudy, my play on the classic.
Being the pathological optimist that i am, my version is way less dark and not so stormy. A fruity twist on the traditional Dark n’ Stormy cocktail with vanilla bean infused vodka and a splash of pear juice, this drink comes just as I like it: sweet, mysterious, classic, and complex.
I prefer my drinks and men to have overlapping qualities, so this summer cocktail is quite evocative of those same die-hard romantic sensibilities. Hemingway meets Cusack, or Bukowski meets McConaughey. All true romantics at heart, which is what this cocktail is to me: the nitty with the gritty.
The Partly Cloudy packs a clean punch, south paw style. It’s like being snuck-up on from behind (a personal favorite… but anywho); so this is a cocktail that may be enjoyed alone or with a meal. It beggs to be enjoyed in the balmy heat of a sultry Southern summer sunset, but that’s just me. Everyone got to be bothered about something, so I choose this.
Now, lets bring it on home!
- Dark Rum
- 100% Pear Juice (do not use nectar,it will end up being too sweet)
- 1 Vanilla Bean infused Vodka
- Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer (Jamaican or Bermudan style)
Directions for each drink:
- Fill a tall glass with lots of ice.
- 1 1/2 oz of dark rum
- 1/2 oz of vanilla infused vodka
- Top off with equal parts ginger beer and pear juice
- Garnish with slice of lime