This sweet (but not too sweet) drink should be made one at a time in a cocktail shaker. Energetic shaking and a proper drink-to-ice ratio—possible only in a shaker—are key: The ice dilutes and softens the cocktail, encouraging the otherwise sharp flavors to meld together. Prep Time: 10 minutes.
1/4 cup pear brandy
2 tablespoons unsweetened pear juice or nectar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup (see Notes)
1 or 2 slices fresh pear, about 1/2 in. thick
How to Make It
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour brandy, pear juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup over ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Strain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with sliced pear. Serve immediately.
Notes: To make simple syrup, cook 1/2 cup each sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture turns clear; cool before using. Can be kept, covered and chilled, for 6 months.