When the majority of your Christmas gifts look like this…
You can either:
A. Do some major self-reflection
B. Seek professional help
C. Make one hell of a cocktail
When in doubt, always pick C, right? Let’s be honest. There was no doubt.
Although popular, liquor wasn’t the only gift I received this Christmas. What’s a better gift than booze? I wasn’t sure either…until I opened my immersion blender. How did I not already have one of these? It’s not often I plan recipes around kitchen equipment, but I was so excited, I had to use it now. I had ideas for all different kinds of soups and smoothies, but then, under the Christmas tree, I saw the many bottles of liquor, a set of new martini glasses, and the blender. Soup? No. Cocktail? Yes. Santa wanted me to.
I knew just the drink I would attempt. A few months ago I got a text from a friend: “Have you been to PX Lounge? It’s supposed to be one of the best cocktail bars in America according to GQ magazine.”
Sadly, I had never heard of this place, never mind enjoyed a cocktail there. But coincidentally, we had dinner reservations at Restaurant Eve shortly after that text. To my very pleasant surprise, Restaurant Eve and PX Lounge share a special someone, Mr. Todd Thrasher, a man who has definitely surpassed the label of “bartender” and is justifiably titled “mixologist.”
It’s not often that a mixed drink outshines the meal, but it happened. I don’t remember what I ate, all I remember is that I had the most delicious mixed drink ever. The flavors were a perfect mixture of bourbon, pear, vanilla and ginger. And here I’ve attempted to make my own version. Pear and ginger smoothly blended into a vanilla bean simple syrup and mixed with bourbon. This isn’t a Jack and Coke. There’s no soda gun. There’s an immersion blender. This is mixology.
Not a bourbon drinker? That’s ok, I still like you…but try it. This just might convert you. It’s that good. Having a New Year’s Party? Make this your signature drink and the night’s entertainment of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve might seem more enjoyable. No, I take that back, it’s not a magic potion, but it’s sure to ease the pain, or any pain for that matter. So put the bottle opener away bartender, and let your inner “mixologist” shine! Cheers.
Ingredients: (makes one drink)
2 ounces Bourbon
1 ounce simple syrup, recipe follows
1/2 ounce bitters
Shake all ingredients over ice and pour into a martini glass. Enjoy with a pear garnish.
Vanilla Pear Simple Syrup
1-2 pears (I used two of the smaller Bartletts (green ones) above)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 a vanilla bean
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Posted on December 30, 2010