I at all times love the thought of pears greater than the precise fruit, primarily as a result of—like avocados—their “aw, hell yeah” window could be very quick. But pear brandy by no means fails me; the flavour is persistently good, the mouthfeel isn’t gritty, and the ABV hovers round 40%.
It’s a pure, heady hit of pear, and subbing it in for apple brandy in cocktails is a pleasant approach to shake up your seasonal consuming habits. This vermouth-heavy cocktail is a riff on the Star, an apple brandy Manhattan I present in Robert Simonson’s 3-Ingredient Cocktails (a really high quality guide). The drink is half candy vermouth, so choose a pleasant one. (Once once more, I should advocate Carpano Antica Formula, which will be loved by itself over ice.) The equal quantities of vermouth and brandy stability and mix, with neither getting overpowered by the opposite. To make this Starry Pear, you will have:
- 1 half ounces pear brandy
- 1 half ounces candy vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all the things in a mixing glass and stir till chilled. Strain right into a coupe. Repeat, possibly this time with apple brandy.