When I woke up it was time for Thanksgiving. So, naturally, I needÂ to start thinking about Christmas RIGHT NOW.
I’m using this month’s Mixology Monday, hosted by the Booze Nerds, toÂ do just that; think about winter holidays. The theme picked this monthÂ is “Resin”. What, you may ask yourselves, is that all about? You canÂ read the full post on their site here, but mainly it’s using SAP (fromÂ Trees, not the accounting program).
My eyes drifted over in the direction of the front of my house, whichÂ is covered with rosemary plants. The likes of which you’ve seen asÂ ingredients in my drinks here here and here. This month, rosemary isÂ strictly a garnish as I bring out another beauty of the deciduousÂ kind, Douglas Fir Eau de Vie from Clear Creek Distillery. I saw thisÂ on the shelf at a liquor store and picked it up for the sheer factÂ that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the smell of fir trees (i.e. Christmas Trees).Â This probably falls in at #3 on my list of favorite smells, which is aÂ list that I have.
Pears are replacing apples right now as the seasonal fruit and IÂ thought that a pairing of pear and fir tree is about as winter holidayÂ of a cocktail as I can pull off right now. Adding cardamom also helps.Â And it works for the MxMo challenge.
1/4 asian pear, cubed
3 whole green cardamom pods, pods discarded and seeds lightly crushed
1/2 oz lemon juice
1-1/2 oz Chopin Rye Vodka*
3/4 oz J Vineyards Pear Liqueur
1/4 oz Clear Creek Distillery Douglas Fir Eau de Vie
Combine pear cubes and cardamom seeds in the bottom of a mixing glass.Â Add lemon juice and muddle well to full combine and break down theÂ pear. Next add in ice about 2/3 up the way of the mixing glass. PourÂ in vodka, pear and fir eau de vie. Shake to fully combine about 20Â seconds. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a pearÂ wheel skewered with the rosemary sprig.
Strong rosemary and cardamom nose with sweet, lemony notes. Flavor is juicy pearÂ with a nice balance of tartness from the lemon. The presence of the fir is not subtle, as it stands out next to the pear, but it alsoÂ compliments the sweetness by offering an unexpected earthiness andÂ woodsy layer to the drink.
Thanks to the Booze Nerds for this month’s MxMo challenge and forÂ making me break into this bottle, it was a delicious experiment andÂ kinda like drinking a Christmas Tree.
*This bottle of Chopin was generously given gratis and appears here because I like drinking it. For more info on sponsored products, affiliate links, and gifted booze, please visit theÂ About page.