With Thanksgiving on the horizon, try this cocktail which is full of fall flavors. The pear purée tastes so good with the allspice, ginger liqueur, bitters, and smooth bourbon. A crowd-pleaser!
Bourbon + Spiced Pear Cocktail
(Makes 1 cocktail)
• 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
• 1 1/2 ounces pear purée (recipe below)
• 1/4-ounce ginger liqueur
• 1/4-ounce agave nectar
• 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 teaspoon allspice dram
• Soda water to taste
• 2-3 dashes Hella aromatic cocktail bitters
• Freshly cut thyme or sage sprigs for garnish
For the pear purée: Peel, core, and coarsely chop 3 pears. Purée the chopped pears and 2 ounces of lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Strain and press the pear mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or chinois, discarding the remaining solids. This purée mixture yields enough to make 4-5 cocktails.
In a mixing tin or cocktail shaker, add the bourbon, pear purée, ginger liqueur, agave nectar, lemon juice, and allspice dram. Fill with ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass, filled with fresh ice. Add soda to taste and give 2-3 shakes of Hella aromatic cocktail bitters. Gently smack the fresh herbs to release their aromatics and place them in the finished cocktail. Cheers to fall!