Several months ago, I enjoyed a delicious martini at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Struck. Their ever-changing list of seasonal libations has something for everyone, and for me this time it was a blackberry pear martini. It was sweet and refreshing, and though I don’t normally choose to eat pears, I really enjoyed the flavor complimented by tart blackberries in this drink. I wanted to recreate this at home for a dinner party, so I picked up some Absolute Pear and blackberry brandy. My first stab at it was a 1:1 ratio of the two – holy shot! At this point I realized I needed a mixer of some sort. I made some blackberry syrup (16oz bag of frozen blackberries, 1/3 cup of sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice cooked on the stove until the sugar dissolved; cooled, pureed, and strained.) I discussed the idea with my friend and go-to-mixologist, Vanessa, who was going to be coming over for dinner. She had some ideas of her own and insisted on playing bartender. She showed up with a can of pear nectar and on other special surprise for the end. I can’t tell you the exact proportions Vanessa combined, after all, a bartender must keep her secrets, right? Actually, she doesn’t really know either. She basically kept adjusting the mix and tasting until it was perfect. I will say that she prepared a pitcher of this stuff, using about half the (small-ish) bottle of pear vodka, a few splashes of the blackberry brandy, the can of pear nectar, blackberry syrup to taste, and a few wedges of lime. She stirred it up with ice and poured into chilled glasses, topping each with a finishing touch: a splash of bubbly! That champagne floater is precisely the reason why I am calling this special drink a flirtini.
I’m submitting this beverage to the Monthly Mingle Event hosted by What’s for Lunch Honey. How clever and fun to have a summer blogging event dedicated to drinks!