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Pear Vodka Drinks: 4 Drink Ideas From A Bartender

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/17/11 06:51 PM ET Updated: 06/29/11 06:12 AM ET

Pear Vodka Drinks

For inside tips on pear vodka drinks, we talked to Del Mendez, the head bartender at the Rooftop Cabana Club and Spartico. Mendez mixes specialties at these two bars in the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in the Coconut Grove section of Miami.

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Del Mendez's Picks

San Pera

How do you make it?

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces Grey Goose La Poire
1/2 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
La Marca Prosecco

Instructions:
Shake all ingredients well and strain into a wine glass. Top it off with prosecco.

How would you describe its taste?

It's a bit spritzy with hints of fruit, vanilla and licorice.

When is it best to drink?

It's a great drink for brunch, but you can enjoy it anytime in the afternoon.

Who drinks it?

Generally ladies like it, or a more senior crowd, but it’s good for anyone who appreciates a light, airy touch to their cocktails.

Tropical Peartini

How do you make it?

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounce pear vodka
1/2 ounce DeKuyper Peachtree schnapps
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lime juice

Instructions:
Put ingredients into a shaker. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish it with an orange slice.

How would you describe its taste?

It's light and fruity, without being too sweet.

When is it best to drink?

It’s an anytime beverage, but I think it’s best before meals.

Who drinks it?

This is a drink for flavored martini fans who enjoy a mix that is juicy and potent, but without the strong alcohol taste.

Pear Melon

How do you make it?

Ingredients:
1 ounce pear vodka
1/2 ounce Midori Melon Liqueur
1/2 ounce sour mix
Sprite

Instructions:
Put ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Top it off with Sprite and garnish with a lime wedge.

How would you describe its taste?

This is a well-balanced drink, yet light and on the fruity side.

When is it best to drink?

This is a drink to order during cocktail hour.

Who drinks it?

It’s a versatile cocktail that can appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

Asian Pear

How do you make it?

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces pear vodka
1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce sour mix

Instructions:
Put ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Strain into martini glass and garnish with a lemon rind twist.

How would you describe its taste?

It's herbal, with a ginger taste. The Asian Pear is very refreshing.

When is it best to drink?

This is good in the evenings, like during a cocktail hour.

Who drinks it?

Martini adventurers and fans of Asian cuisine in particular appreciate the ginger traces.

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Del Mendez

Photo: Bartender Del Mendez of the Mayfair Hotel

Del Mendez

Mayfair Hotel & Spa

3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133


What are your favorite pear vodka drinks?

I like pear vodka on ice with pineapple juice and Sprite.
 

What are your customers’ favorite pear vodka drinks?

The San Pera, but some drink it just straight with Coke or Sprite.

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