On a recent trip to Solebury Orchards in Bucks County, we picked up a basket of cute little Harrow Pears that were so juicy and sweet that they inspired us to create this Pear cocktail. Pear nectar and cognac are a wonderful sweet and earthy combination that we enhanced with a bit of brightness from just the slightest touch of green Chartreuse. Chartreuse is a French liqueur aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers, and adding it to this drink provided a very subtle but unique herbal hint.
This cocktail tastes like late summer in a glass – like a hazy morning spent picking fruit in a sun-bathed orchard. The mellow creaminess of the sweet pear nectar is balanced out by the cognac’s complex flavors of fruit, floral and oaky vanilla. A few dashes of almond extract further enhances the dreamy vanilla notes from the cognac. As a wonderful backdrop, the cocktail glass for this drink is coated with just a few drops Chartreuse, providing a wisp of bright herbal aromatics that make us think of walking through late summer grass.
- 2 oz Pear Nectar (we used Goya)
- 2 oz Cognac (VS)
- 2 drops Almond Extract
- Pears for garnish (we used Harrow Pears)
- Thyme for garnish
- A splash of Chartreuse
- Pour a very small amount of Chartreuse into a cocktail or coupe glass, and carefully tilt the glass and roll it around, so that the Chartreuse coats the interior of the glass. Tip the glass over the sink, and pour out the remaining Chartreuse - you just need a hint of it for this drink.
- In a cocktail shaker add a few ice cubes, the pear nectar, cognac and almond extract, then cover and shake for about 20 seconds.
- Pour the shaken ingredients through the cocktail strainer into your glass, and garnish with a slice of pear, and a sprig of thyme.