Pears are a tricky beast. Who eats pears on their own? Or even in a recipe?
And yet here we have pear flavored vodka from the mammoth success that is Grey Goose. What exactly does one do with it?
I’ve been toying with Grey Goose La Poire for a few weeks now and I’m still trying to figure that one out.
First, on its own, Grey Goose La Poire isn’t something you’re likely to drink on its own. In fact, if you drink it blind, you’re likely to think you’re consuming a banana-flavored spirit, not pear. The pungent fruitiness of banana, chewing gum, and vanilla are heavy in the spirit, and backed by a relatively medicinal-tasting vodka. Standard Grey Goose is, in my opinion, considerably smoother and has a fuller body.
As a cocktail ingredient, La Poire tends to be overwhelming. I used it in the recipe below, and that banana character was heavy again, even with all the extras. Tread lightly with it.
B / $30 / greygoose.com
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass, garnish with mango slice and savor the view from your window.