At this time of year, smoke not only belongs in our chimney, but also in our glass. In this cocktail, we marry the last breath of fruit season—fresh fall pears—with the autumnal smokiness of mezcal. Made from the agave or maguey plant, mezcal is a complex cousin to tequila. Ask your favorite liquor store for a high-quality brand, add a bottle of pear brandy from Northern Michigan’s own Black Star Farms, grab a good Michigan-grown Bosc pear and get yourself home to re-stoke that fire.
Photo by Dave Weidner
Bosc Boss Cocktail Recipe
– 1⁄2 of a lemon, seeds removed
– 1 1⁄2 ounces high-quality mezcal
– 1 1⁄2 ounces pear juice
– 3⁄4 ounce Black Star Farms pear brandy
– 1 slice fresh Bosc pear crushed ice
Place half a seeded lemon in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle to release the juice and oils. Add mezcal, pear juice, brandy and ice cubes and cover, shaking until cold. Place a piece of a fresh pear and a straw into a rocks glass, surround both with a heaping mound of crushed ice, strain the mixture in the shaker while pouring it into the glass and serve.