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Smoky Bear Pear

Fall is not just for apples! Pears are a big part of the season and they can lend themselves to some amazing cocktails. This combination of sweet pear and smoky mezcal is a comforting combination. It is sort of pie in a glass, especially since there is a bit of butter in here.

What: Amy Stewart is the wonderful author of “The Drunken Botanist” and dives in deeper than you probably would ever want to go into the creation and history of what makes the world's cocktails. She explains that Mezcal and Tequila are not exactly the same thing and even though they both are derived from agave they come from two different species and are prepared two different ways. To process Mezcal “the pinas…” (the heart of the agave that looks a bit like a pineapple) “are chopped and roasted slowly in below ground ovens, where they are infused with the smoke from local oak, mesquite...for several days.” The Pinas are crushed then fermented “with water and wild yeast for a lighter-tasting mezcal, or the whole mash, including the crushed bits of agave, can be fermented, yielding a rich and smoky mezcal that would please any Scotch drinker.” (9)

For Pear Juice

  • 1 Pear

  • 2 C Water

  • 2 Tsp Sugar

  • Squeeze of Lemon

  • 2 Tbsp Butter

Per Cocktail

  • 1 ½ Oz Mezcal

  • 2 Oz Pear Juice

  • Squeeze of Lemon

  • Dash of Angostura Bitters

  • Pear for Garnish

  • Cinnamon

  • Ice

In a medium saucepan combine roughly chopped pear, water, sugar, lemon, and butter. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook until pears have softened. If the water cooks down too much because of the butter and sugar add another ½ C. Let the comforting smells of fall fill your home

Once cooled blend together until smooth, this should yield about 2 ½ C. You can prepare this a few days ahead of time, it should last up to a week in your refrigerator in an airtight container.

Shake together Pear mixture, Mezcal, and Lemon over ice. Pour over new ice, I broke out my sphere cubs for this occasion, top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and garnish with a slice of pear. Enjoy the underrated fall flavors!

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