Pears Well With Others

Vodka might just be the most mixable spirit out there. Well, let us rephrase. Good Vodka might be the most mixable spirit.

The favorite booze of college kids, vodka is best known for being that thing you can mix with anything and not taste it. Mountain Dew? Check. Five Alive? Check.

But if you're simply picking vodkas based on what you bought in college, you're doing it wrong. There's actually a lot that goes into making any vodka a great vodka. The key is all about reducing impurities. Many vodkas will do this through all sorts of filtration and multiple distillations. 

But with Reyka Vodka (the stuff that was sitting in the ice block at August's 3st of the Month), there aren't any impurities that need removing. It's made in a remote village of Iceland where the environment is so pristine the CO2 levels are actually falling. Seriously. Water is the most important ingredient in vodka production and the water used for Reyka is pristine arctic spring water that passes through a 4,000 year old lava field. Those lava rocks naturally filter the water, making it some of the purest in the world.

So, for this cocktail, we figured we would compliment the exceptional smooth Reyka Vodka with a few other ingredients to make a cocktail that could take us from summer into fall.

equipment:

cocktail mixing glass
bar spoon
strainer
cocktail glass

ingredients:

1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
.75 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
.5 oz Lillet Blanc
.25 oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Pear Liqueur
2 dashes (approx 16 drops) clove tincture (see recipe below)
1 oz chilled sparkling wine

method:

Combine first five ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and top with sparkling wine.

To make clove tincture:

Combine 2 parts whole cloves, 3 parts Reyka Vodka and allow to sit for 2-3 days. Strain and place in glass bottle for future use.