Happy Friday! We have a luscious summer cocktail for you this week – a perfect pear.
Jeff’s drinking pal, commercial and feature editor Greg Nussbaum (“The Spirit”), turned him onto this rendition of the drink. Here’s a bit of development history: After first trying a vodka-version of the drink at San Francisco’s Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in 1999, drink aficionado Chuck Taggart eventually substituted Plymouth Gin for vodka and hit on this beauty. (You can read Chuck’s account of a perfect pear’s genesis at his site, gumbopages.com.)
When Jeff served up this golden goddess, we were sitting in his backyard on a lovely summer afternoon. The cocktail has the crisp flavor of pears, of course, but it’s also smooth and nearly sensuous. The pear eau-de-vie coupled with fresh-squeezed lime and orange juices balance the simple syrup, giving the drink a clean, not-too-sweet flavor and finish.
Jeff agrees with Chuck; the key is the right gin. Jeff suggests Hendricks or Plymouth. Jeff also recommends Aqua Perfecta, Clear Creek, or Purkhart pear eau-de-vie.
Wanna try a perfect pear? Here’s the recipe.
1 1/2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. pear eau-de-vie
2 tsps. fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 tsps. fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 tsps. simple syrup
Combine with ice in a shaker and shake for 25 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
Wondering how to make simple syrup? Here’s a link to a past post with the recipe. Look for it near the bottom of the page.
Keep your glass-half full. Drink responsibly.