Spirited – December 2019

Our recommendation from an area pro
From Becca Rawheiser, senior server and bartender at Home Grown Cafe.

State of Pearil

Ingredients:

  1.5 oz. Stateside vodka
  1.5 oz. pear nectar
  .5 oz. Domaine de Canton
  .5 oz. agave nectar (French ginger liqueur)
  1/2 lime, squeezed
  1 sage leaf

Directions:

1.  Combine all ingredients.
2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
3. Garnish with a sage leaf.

I enjoy working with pear nectar because it gives off a subtle yet bright flavor. Stateside vodka comes right out of Philly and is gluten-free (They give great tours of their distillery too). With this cocktail, you taste the sweetness of the pear, but the ginger liqueur and sage bring a subtle/delicate warmth. This is a great transition from the summer months into the cooler weather of fall and winter, hopefully showing people that vodka is a great spirit no matter the time of year.

So, what do you think? Please comment below.