Brandy, it can be a bit scary. If you’re not familiar with the spirit it may seem daunting. Old friends from across the pond claim to be drinking nothing else these days. I think it’s high time we jumped in. This cocktail is an easy way to get your feet wet.
I distinctly remember attending a brandy tasting a few years ago. We left disappointed but determined to gain an appreciation for this classic liquor. The cocktail below was inspired by a martini I often order at the BalMar, a martini bar in the heart of Ballard. Not only did this cocktail encourage a new appreciation for brandy, but the pear taste is so clear and present it reminds me of being a kid and biting into the fresh, Bartlett pears grown by my Grandpa Cyphers. I still maintain those were the best pears ever. Raise your glass for a toast to remember, this one’s for you Grandpa.
On the second day of Christmas my true love poured for me a:
3 ounces Clear Creek Distillery Pear Brandy
1 inch ginger root, thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 ounce of simple syrup
Combine everything in a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously. Strain and serve up with a slice of ginger. Serves one lucky individual.
*This is a tangy cocktail. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend adding a sugared rim. It creates the sensation of biting into a fresh, Bartlett pear.