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  • ½ pear, perfectly ripe and cored
  • 1½ oz Plymouth Gin or another premium gin
  • 1 oz Giffard Manzana Verde or other apple liqueur
  • ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ oz simple syrup
  • 2 large sprigs fresh tarragon, plus a small piece for garnish
How to Make It
  1. This cocktail captures the beauty of a pear in an unexpected setting and works well on its own or pairs well with roasted or grilled poultry, scallops or halibut. The forward presence of tarragon in this drink complements the pear flavour, which is balanced with natural sweetness and a slight acidity.
  2. Muddle the pear in a mixing glass. Add gin, apple liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup and tarragon. Fill the mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously until the shaker is very cold to the touch. If necessary, adjust the balance of sweetness and acidity to taste with additional syrup and lime juice. Double-strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass: using a cocktail strainer to hold back most of the pulp, strain through a tea strainer to remove the remaining fine pulp, tapping the strainer to help the liquid pass through. Float a small sprig of tarragon on the surface to garnish.

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