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The Inexpensive Pear Act [Cocktail Recipe]


This silky cocktail was created by Alec Pignotti, beverage supervisor at Recess in Chicago. It provides an additional layer of complexity to a Whisky Bitter, with heat baking spices and Asian pears.


  • 1½ oz. Suntory Toki (or different Japanese whisky)
  • ½ oz. pear brandy
  • ½ oz. spiced pear syrup (recipe beneath)
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 sprint Angostura bitters
  • 1-2 entire star anise for garnish


Mix all substances in a tin-on-tin Boston shaker with ice. Exhausting shake for 10 seconds. Pressure the ice and dry shake for 10 seconds. Superb pressure right into a coupe and garnish with star anise.

Spiced Pear Syrup

  • 3 Asian pears
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 entire star anise
  • 2 cups sugar

Take away pores and skin, stems, and seeds from pears. Mix in a blender with water and star anise. Pressure combination via a tremendous strainer. In a pot, mix puree with sugar over excessive warmth till sugar dissolves. Pressure via a tremendous strainer into an hermetic container. Preserve refrigerated for as much as two weeks.


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