Pears are a wonderful winter fruit. One of my favorite salads at this time of year is made with pears, roasted nuts and Stilton cheese. But, pears can also be an absolute stunner in an aperitif. This recipe, made with pear vodka, is sure to warm up anyone on a chilly winter's evening.
Another ingredient in this luscious pre-dinner drink is an elderflower liqueur by the name of St Germain. If you don't own a bottle buy one as the flavor is truly delightful (and the Art Deco-inspired bottle alone is worth the price). Elderflowers are very tiny fragrant flowers, and their essence has long been popular in European baked goods. While I have loved the elderflower floral profile for some time, it recently skyrocketed to fame when Megan Markle chose it as the flavor for her wedding cake.
The recipe below can be tweaked to fit your preference for flavors (e.g. you may want to increase the St Germain and decrease the vodka). Also, the amount has been designed for a Champagne flute or a martini glass...both hold the same amount (which is less than a wine glass).
Pear Elderflower Aperitif (per glass)
- 1/2 jigger pear vodka
- 2 teaspoons St Germain
- 1/3 cup good quality sparkling wine
- Thinly slice ripe pear
Serve with a slice of pear...in front of a roaring fireplace.