A Peerless Pear Cocktail

If I had a nickel every time I craved a pear, I would be a poor, poor woman. Not that I have anything against members of the pyrus genus; my taste buds just seem to gravitate toward tarter fruits like limes, lemons and grapefruits.

Sometimes, however, it's wise to fight your instincts in favor of expanding your palate. Pear is underrepresented in the world of mixed drinks, so when I came upon a recipe using the Anjou variety, I was instantly intrigued. It's officially titled the "Kickstarter Margarita," but I prefer to call this on-the-rocks libation the P^3 ("Peerless Pear Potion") because, frankly, it's the best pear-flavored drink I've had in a long time. (Okay, so it's the only pear-flavored drink I've had in a long time, but it's so good, I don't feel the need to sample any others for a while.) The recipe, after the jump:

Peerless Pear Potion

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 3/4 oz orange liqueur/triple sec
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • dash of bitters
  • 3 slices of very ripe Anjou pear, muddled

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously and strain. Pour into glass with three ice cubes. Garnish with pear slice.

Since I enjoyed its all-in-one lime shot, Hornitos had been on my radar, so I decided to try its plata tequila for this cocktail. Before mixing the drink, I sneaked a small sip to make sure I wasn't about to adulterate my Peerless Pear Potion with some pathetically harsh potable. Hornitos' plata is light, silky and delightfully (albeit dangerously) drinkable. (Alliteration is contagious, sorry. Stopping soon. Shit. Sorry.). It broadened the profile of the otherwise citrusy P^3 with notes of sweet spices and petals to make for a subtly complicated botanical cocktail.

Peerless Pear Potion functions just fine as a pre-dinner drink, but I think it's better paired with a summer supper of grilled shrimp or chicken and cilantro-lime rice. Either way, make two or three in one sitting because there's no way friends will let you consume this alone.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Joanna O'Leary