Summer Cocktail Series featuring Kari Alleman Woodall: The Partly Cloudy

IMG_20150625_200928Another 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!

IMG_20150625_202104Ingredients List

  • 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


Kari Alleman Woodell is a Southern Californian transplant that has called the Snellville/Grayson area home since 6th grade. A mother and a daughter, she’s the local girl next door that absolutely enjoys good eats, drinks, and friends. She just celebrated her 1 year anniversary with Johnny’s Pizza in Grayson. She wanted to share this with our readers about her time here in Grayson and at Johnny’s Pizza: “I have truly bloomed where I’ve been planted. Our relaxed and fun dinning atmosphere allows all patrons from the toddler to 100yrs old a wonderful place to break bread with family, friends, or both. Oh and as always, feel free to come alone. I’ll chat you up and trust me no one ever leaves my bar a stranger. I look forward to the opportunity to shake things up for y’all. Once again, my name is Kari (car-e) and my occupation is making cocktails people, what isn’t there to love!”


Author: Jason

Jason Brooks is the owner and editor of Grayson Local. A resident of Grayson for over 14 years, he loves the Grayson community and the potential it holds. A former pastor, Jason now works as a freelance writer. He has written for The John Maxwell Company, North Point Ministries, The Ford Motor Company, Catalyst, and several regional magazines as well. You can follow Jason on Twitter (@JasonMuses).

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