The most important factor in a cocktail is how it tastes, but second to that is how it looks. When hosting a dinner party, I want my guests to feel special and cared for because that’s how I want to feel all the time. I absolutely love getting Etsy orders in the mail when the object is beautifully wrapped in delicate paper and ribbons and adorned with a handwritten note. It feels more personal than getting an Amazon package. I’d also rather dine at fine dining restaurants where each plate of food is a beautiful piece of art arranged with tweezers instead of being served cheap tex mex sloppily piled on one giant plate. This might be a weird obsession of mine, but attention to detail is important to me which is why I try to provide that same warm feeling for my guests when I craft them a cocktail.
To achieve this, I wanted to create a drink made with fresh seasonal pears. I’ve created a pear cocktail in the past, but I wasn’t quite happy with the color of the drink. It was a bourbon based cocktail, but because of the muddled pear, the drink came out muddy and not visually appealing. The flavors of bourbon and pear worked wonderfully together but I wanted to tweak the color so that it was less brown. Fortunately for me, I stumbled upon a small sample bottle of St. George Dry Rye Gin at my local liquor store and decided to give it a try. It’s supposedly a gin, but it doesn’t taste like gin at all! The juniper notes are very subtle and the rye in it makes it taste malty, similar to a whiskey. It was the perfect ingredient to replace the bourbon with and that’s how this Pear Cardamom Cocktail was created. It’s a simple drink, and the aromatics of the pear really steal the spotlight while the cardamom bitters add a sophisticated finish. The color is a beautiful light yellow, and by double straining the drink, the liquid becomes clear and less cloudy. You can also impress your guests with a simple table set up if you pair it with a white tablecloth and fresh greenery. Enjoy!
Pear Cardamom Cocktail
- 2 oz St. George Dry Rye Gin
- 1/8 of a pear (make sure it’s very ripe!)
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 4 drops cardamom bitters
Muddle the pear in a shaker tin. Add the gin, lemon, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and cardamom bitters into the shaker with ice. Shake. Double strain into a coupe and garnish with a slice of pear.