Now that Labor Day weekend has come and gone, we’re in that place between mourning the passing of summer and the anticipation of autumn and a slight nip in the air. And while many of the summer fruits are becoming scarcer, they’re being replaced with juicy apples and fragrant ripe pears. I’m actually a little obsessed with pears these days.
It was on a late summer vacation in Maine a couple of years ago that we were introduced to this drink. One of our favorite Kennebunkport restaurants, One Dock had it on their specialty cocktail menu and we were instantly smitten. Back home we cracked the recipe so we could make it ourselves…and we have, many times.
And when summer comes to an end and the pears start finding their way into shopping carts, this drink starts making regular appearances. Enjoy!
2 oz. Pear vodka
3/4 oz. Elderflower liqueur
1/2 oz. Pear juice
1/2 oz. Cranberry juice
1/2 oz. Lime juice
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake well and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime, if desired.