Pear Martini

Since moving to Phoenix, Arizona two years ago, my friends, family and I have more or less made a hobby out of trying new restaurants. There are tons of great places to eat here in Phoenix, from hole in the wall burger joints to fine dining establishments.

We recently discovered a restaurant called White Chocolate Grill.   A few friends and I decided to visit White Chocolate Grill for a cocktail after a long day of work, and we discovered a contemporary, yet casual restaurant and bar that has quickly become one of our new favorite places. And best of all, they have a great Happy Hour menu every day from 2-7pm!

Every now and then, we discover a new cocktail during our restaurant adventures that is so amazing we feel compelled to replicate it on our own. White Chocolate Grill served one such cocktail.  It’s called a Pear Martini.  Now, you might be wondering “what’s so special about a pear martini?” But this particular Pear Martini has a unique flavor we’ve never tasted before.  We needed to make this drink! Fortunately for us, I was a bartender in my former life, so I’m happy to say that I’m quite good at re-creating beverages (not bragging, of course. 🙂 ).

In many cases, I am able to recognize the flavors in a cocktail in order to come up with the ingredients, but this one was different. The strange, yet delicious flavor had me stumped.  So, when I can’t identify the ingredients on my own, I resort to asking the bartender to share his or her secrets.  Luckily, Jaime was nice enough to oblige my request for the ingredients in the Pear Martini.

I discovered that this unique, unrecognizable flavor was a liqueur called “St. Germain”.  It is a wonderful liqueur made from elderflower blossoms, and has a somewhat fruity flavor.  Heavenly.

So, we prepared this libation in the comfort of our home, and it was magnificent! If you’d like to try this cocktail, here is the recipe:

Pear Martini

2 Ounces Pear Vodka (one full shot). We used Absolut Pear

1 Ounce St. Germain Liqueur (about half of a shot)

Sprite

Fill the bottom of a martini glass with sprite, enough to fill about an inch of the martini glass.  You don’t want to add the sprite to the drink mix, because it will carbonate the drink.

Mix the vodka and St. Germaine’s in a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well to mix the drink and chill it.  Strain the vodka/St. Germaine’s mix into the martini glass with sprite.  You can garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry if you’d like.  Enjoy!!

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