Autumn Spiced & Everything Nice

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!