I have been searching for the perfect holiday cocktail, but without any luck. Everything is either too fatty, creamy, or pepperminty. I wanted something crisp, refreshing and modern, that would be appropriate at a casual get-together, as well as an elegant soiree. Fortunately, I met Brian Stewart, mixologist at Soho House, L.A., who helped me create the perfect classy Christmas cocktail: The Partridge in a Pear Tree. I served the delicious concoction at my December book club meeting, and it was a big hit (and TRUST me, these ladies know their cocktails!). Infused with pear vodka, and garnished with a sprig of rosemary (the tree…get it?!) the drink has a unique flavor all it’s own. The presentation is so polished, yet you don’t have to be a superstar bartender to get the recipe just right:
Partridge in a Pear Tree
- 1½ oz pear vodka
- ½ oz lemon juice
- ½ oz simple syrup ( I used agave nectar instead)
- Rosemary, cut into 1½ inch sprigs
Place one rosemary sprig in each glass. Combine vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup (or agave) in a shaker over ice. Shake well, and strain over rosemary. Top with champagne. Serve and enjoy!