Friday, February 16, 2007

Absolutely Intoxicating

It is supposed to be so cold tonight that it will break the record set in 1920 for this date. We are expecting lows between 21 and 24 degrees. The record is 25. Already, it is getting so cold that I may have to put on socks.

To keep the house warmer, I cooked a pork tenderloin this afternoon seasoned with lots of lemon pepper, garlic and fresh rosemary from my herb garden. Using the oven on cold days keeps the kitchen on the north side of the house warm and makes the house smell yummy.

To add comfort on this cold day. I made Absolut Peartinis. I've decided that a peartini is the most wonderful way to become aromatically intoxicated. I didn't follow the Absolut recipe since I am not a fan of simple syrup unless I am drinking mint juleps. Here's how I made our Absolut Peartinis. For each peartini, pour the following into a cocktail shaker that is loaded with ice:

3 parts Absolut Pear Vodka
1 part Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 part unsweetened apple juice
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Fresh rosemary sprig for garnish

Shake well, strain and pour straight up into martini glass. Add a sprig of rosemary for the garnish

Rosemary Peartini

I have to tell you that this is the most delish aperitif to grace my palate in years! I bruised the rosemary and made it into a sort of cocktail stirrer and the fragrance of fresh rosemary with the pears and apples is divine. I can't even begin to tell you how good it smells mingled with the oven baked scent of lemon and herb roast pork tenderloin. Try this drink! If you like pears, you will not be disappointed. I can't wait to get to the market and buy some fresh pears to experiment some more with this delicious flavored vodka.


jackie said...

MUST try this! pear is one of my favorite things ever. as a lover of the spirits, have you ever tried poire eau de vie? i can't figure out why this hasn't caught on in the states as an after-dinner drink option!

Flaurella said...

When you make the drink, please make certain you float a sprig of fresh rosemary in it. If you strip the leaves off the bottom of the stem it won't float and will sit like a stirrer. The aromatics of the freshly bruised rosemary with the pears and apple is just the best and most soothing fragrance ever plus, you get to drink it!

No, have never had poire eau de vie. Would buy it if I ever saw it in the liquor store. Need to make a concentrated effort to find it. I'll have to ask the store to order it for me.

jackie said...

rosemary is my favorite herb, period. i can't wait to plant a new bush at the new house--i guarantee it's the first thing i will do to the yard. maybe i will make some of these for housewarming. :)

poire eau de vie is great, but VERY hard to find in the south. in NC, you can't even order it--it's not approved by the state for some unknown reason. i am going to NYC in june and am planning to pick some up, so you know, don't be surprised if you get some in an illegal package sometime...

Curlz said...

My favorite pear cognac is called Belle de Brillet...tough to find, but in the NYC area, you'll do fine. WELL worth the $40ish/bottle!

Flaurella said...

Yet another spirit to add to my list of libations to try, Belle de Brillet. Thanks Curlz, I'll keep an eye out for this cognac.