Spiced Pear Martini

By Raul Faria

I love the Fall. We get Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas plus all the cool food and beverages that go along with those holidays. When I think of all Fall flavors I usually turn to Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Peppermint, Rosemary, Anise, Clove and Ginger. The Spiced Pear Martini is going to display four of the aforementioned Fall spice superstars. This is a really nice choice if you’re looking for a cocktail that embraces the flavors of the season. Try serving these before a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner this year or any time you plan on entertaining guests and want to keep a seasonal vibe. So put on your Santa hat and let’s get to work!

1) What we will need for tools, Boston Shaker (mixing glass and tin), a jigger with 1.5 oz and .75 oz measure, a chilled 10 oz cocktail (martini) glass, a garnish pick and a sharp pairing knife. Optionally we will need a microplane zester. For the components we will need Absolut Pear, Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur, Absinthe, White Cranberry juice, Honey Syrup, a Whole Bosch or Bartlett Pear, Cinnamon and Nutmeg (whole or ground).

2) Lets begin with getting 1.5 oz Absolut Pear into our mixing glass. Now there are a few Pear vodkas out there, even a spiced variety. However I really dig the Absolut especially in this particular recipe but feel free to experiment with different brands.

3) Now we are going to add .75 oz of the Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur. This is an amazing liqueur that is not too sweet, very light in texture and mouthfeel and focuses on the softer side of ginger in its flavor profile. It avoids the sharpness fresh ginger can have.

4) Next up lets add 1 oz White Cranberry juice.

5) .75 oz of Honey Syrup. This is actually a simple combination of 60/40 honey and water. Simply add some honey to either a squeeze bottle or even a small glass if you don’t plan on saving it, than add a little less than equal parts water and stir until blended completely.

6) Add a dash of cinnamon and a dash of ground nutmeg. I prefer utilizing the micro plane zester and going with fresh ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Its a bit more work but the flavor you’ll get is well worth the effort.

7) Now we are going to wash our cocktail glass with the Absinthe. St George Absinthe Verte and Pernod Absinthe are great choices. “Washing” is simply coating the inside of a glass with a spirit or some other flavoring agent. let’s get our 10 oz chilled cocktail glass and add a splash or .25 oz of our Absinthe to the glass. Swish it around in the glass until it has coated the inside and dump out any excess.

8) With the rest of the ingredients in the mixing glass lets add ice and shake vigorously and strain into our chilled absinthe washed glass. Get out our pear and set it standing straight up. Now we are looking for “Pear” shaped slices so cut off the two round sides of the pear. So you have almost a 2-5 looking pear shaped…well pear. anyway start slicing 1/8 inch thick slices. Pick one and lay it in the glass. Enjoy!

Spiced Pear Martini- 1.5 oz Absolut Pear, .75 oz Domaine de Canton, 1 oz of White Cranberry Juice, .75 oz Honey Syrup, Dash of Cinnamon and Nutmeg, Shake/Starin into chilled Absinthe washed cocktail glass and garnish with pear slice.

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