This cocktail came about when my mother gave me a taste of her St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur. I loved it and had to craft a drink around it! St. George can be a bit tricky to find, but I’ve seen it on Total Wine as well as Hi-Time Wine Cellars, though I got my bottle through work.
This martini has a lovely dose of warming spices with a heavy dose of pear, and a light accent of sage. I’d compare it to a pear cobbler.
2 oz gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
1 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
3/4 oz sage simple syrup
This recipe utilizes the same sage simple syrup from my Love Me Gingerly Martini, (I love sage, ok?). To make the sage simple syrup (which should be done in advance), you’ll add equal parts sugar (I usually do a cup of each) and water in a saucepan, then add 8 sage leaves per each half cup of sugar to the water. You’ll want to give the leaves a nice slap against your hand to encourage the release of the oils. Simmer the water for 15 minutes or so and stir to dissolve the sugar. Let cool completely before use.
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and garnish with a thin slice of pear and/or sage leaf. A cinnamon stick could also be a lovely touch.