A great combination of winter flavors, this cocktail hits the spot!
As you might have noticed, we kind of are obsessed with cocktails, reading about them, writing about them, creating them and more importantly getting to drink them and share the experiences with you our readers! Its always nice to get some recognition for hard work, so when the fine folks at Drizly, who know their liquor asked us to be a part of their Top Shelf Blogger program, we jumped at the chance! In honor of us joining the Top Shelf Bloggers, Drizzly asked us to create a cocktail to celebrate, so we came up with today’s cocktail, The Pink Pear!
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The Pink Pear is a wonderful winter sipper, combining fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice, pear nectar, Cointreau and Hendrick’s Gin. We love using fruits that are in season, and with a bounty of beautiful ruby red grapefruit and late fall pears on the shelves of our grocery stores, we knew we had a great starting flavor to work with. We are fans of the way that a good gin works with grapefruit, the combination of the two starring in many cocktails like our Red Hound or the French Tart.
Glass Citrus Reamer (ours is antique).
With fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit and gin as our starting point, we wanted something that would make the drink smooth and creamy. Pear nectar is a perfect way to add body to a drink, its thick texture a perfect way to add flavor and body. Pear nectar can sometimes be a little tart, and with the drink having a quite a bit of tartness from the grapefruit, we needed a little bit of sweetness, so we added in a bit of simple syrup to bring the Pink Pear into balance.
We finished the drink by adding in a splash of Cointreau, which brings sweetness and a bright splash of orange flavor. To chase away any remaining bitterness, we added a pinch of salt. The hint of salt brings out the sweetness of the grapefruit and pear and the floral notes of the Hendrick’s gin.
Refreshingly sweet and tart, the Pink Pear is a perfect winter sipper, elegant and beautiful! Give the Pink Pear a try and you might just find your next winter drink! Cheers!
- 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
- .5 oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur
- 2 oz Fresh squeezed pink or ruby red grapefruit juice, strained
- 2 oz pear nectar
- .75 oz simple syrup
- pinch of salt
- Add all the ingredients into a shaker.
- Add ice.
- Shake until fully chilled.
- Double strain into a cocktail coupe.
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