A Winter Pear Cocktail

winter pear cocktailThis balanced cocktail seamlessly melds floral, fruity Asian pear and the warm spice of cardamom with the bold combo of vodka and Douglas fir eau de vie.  At once light, crisp and strong, it sips like a ray of sharp winter sun.

1/4 Asian pear, cubed
3 whole green cardamom pods, pods discarded and seeds lightly crushed
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. pear liqueur
1/4 oz. Clear Creek Distillery Douglas Fir eau de vie
Tools: shaker tin, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: pear wheel, rosemary sprig

Combine the pear cubes and cardamom seeds in the bottom of a shaker. Add the lemon juice and muddle well. Add ice, vodka, pear liqueur and Douglas fir eau de vie. Shake to fully combine. Double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish.

Elana Lepowski, StirandStrain.com