This surprising cocktail starts with Yellow Tail Riesling. But a subtle, classic German Riesling also works well: The key is choosing one that has a high alcohol content by volume (10 to 12.5 percent).
A domestic pear brandy such as Clear Creek or Aqua Perfecta or any poire Williams eau de vie will work. The original recipe called for 1/2 ounce of amaretto, but Spirits columnist Jason Wilson found that a lesser amount works better. If you love amaretto, feel free to add a little more.
- 1 1/2 ounces Riesling, such as Yellow Tail
- 1 ounce pear brandy or pear eau de vie
- 1/4 ounce amaretto
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup (see NOTE)
- 1 pear slice, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
Add the Riesling, pear brandy or pear eau de vie, amaretto, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake well, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the pear slice.
NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a slow, rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof container and let cool to room temperature. Cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through; store indefinitely.
Adapted from mixologist Trudy Thomas of the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz., for Yellow Tail.
Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.
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