Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spicy Pear Spritzer

When I was asked to create another cocktail for Berentzen, I was more than excited. However, since then email had the subject "Challenge for You" I was a little more than intrigued. When I found out the ingredients, the intrigue turned to slight apprehension. But I have never been one to back down from a challenge, 

I had to concoct a drink using a Berentzen liqueur, Perrier and the kicker...sriracha. I was more than stumped at first. Wondering what I could possibly come up with. First thought was a bloody mary, but I don't drink those and couldn't really test it out. And what fun would that be? Then, I was leaning towards making a sriracha and salt rim. A trip down the wine aisle at our local grocery store sent a light bulb off in my head. And a spritzer it was. 

This was really simple to put together and when I took my first sip, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. It was really good, it had a spicy tone to it, but more so it seemed spicy in almost a ginger way, not so much the heat factor. I think the lime, sriracha and honey melded really well together and the moscato and pear were a perfect match to offset the spice. 

This would never have been a combo I set out to create on my own, but I will definitely be making this a few times this summer! Perfect summer afternoon pick me up.

If you want a few other sriracha inspired cocktails, check out this list Societe Perrier put together.

Spicy Pear Spritzer
1 1/2 oz Berentzen Pear
1 Large Lime
1/2 tsp Sriracha
1 tsp Honey
2 oz Moscato (or your favorite sweet white wine)
2 oz Lime Perrier
Cut lime into four slices and place two slices in bottom of shaker. Using the sriracha bottle, place two to three small drops on the limes. Follow this with the honey. Muddle the ingredients together. Add in the Moscato and Berentzen Pear, along with ice. Shake vigorously for about ten seconds. Strain into a glass. Add in the two remaining lime slices and top with the Perrier.
Enjoy this refreshing drink, the perfect mix of sweet and spice!

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