A Certain Shade

Who’s ready for Spring? This drink. I don’t feel bad for pushing the season along, afterall, Punxsutawney Phil, the usual harbinger of bad news, did not see his shadow and ushered in an Early Spring for all of us. Thanks, Phil!

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I was kicking around Sprouts the other day when I came across an appetizing little fruit called a lemon pear. It was screaming, “make me a cocktail ingredient!” And so I bought two. Sprouts, for those who don’t know, is a supermarket and they reliably stock a mosier’s amount of abstract, seasonal fruits that you’re unlikely to find at a national chain. Unlike Whole Foods, however, their produce is cheap, cheap, cheap. It’s not exactly the farmer’s market, but in terms of reliable produce in Orange County, Monday through Friday, they’re the it.

The Lemon Pear, halved and whole.

The Lemon Pear, halved and whole.

The lemon pear tastes exactly like it sounds – a lemon and a pear (weird). While I can’t give it the award for most originally named fruit, I can surely laud it for its tarty, citrusy goodness that meets a sweet flesh in one, solitary vessel. If a Meyer lemon were half the mouth-puckering tartness of a lemon, then the lemon pear is the next half step toward tasty.

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A Certain Shade

  • 2 oz. Cana Brava Rum
  • ¾ oz. Salers
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes Boker’s bitters
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 2 slices lemon pear

In a shaker, muddle the bitters, mint leaves and lemon pear. Fill with ice and add rum, Salers, lemon juice and vermouth. Shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with whatever fresh items you can get your hands on.

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This probably could’ve afforded an entire ounce of lemon, as it was a bit sweet. It also should’ve been a smash, strained over crushed/cracked ice. Even still, it was also very refreshing and full of fun flavors – sugar cane, chocolate, lemon, gentian and anise. I made a version sans fresh things using the golden ratio — rum, gentian, vermouth — while it has the trappings of a winner, it’ll be for another post because I’m still hammering down the measurements. All good things to those who wait, except Spring… Spring is welcome now!

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