Part of autumn is always being a bit wistful for summer. And that’s as true of cocktails as it is anything else.
“To be straightforward,” says John Henderson of Boston’s Tavern Road, “I wanted a cocktail that made a nod toward the fall, but was still enjoyable on the porch with friends, while trying to squeeze the last bits of summer in.”
What he did was create the Pear Necessities, a cocktail featuring Brugal Extra Dry rum and the fresh flavor of its namesake fruit.
“Autumn, to me, has always been about enjoying the outdoors without the oppressive heat of summer, or the chill of winter,” Henderson says. “This cocktail bridges that gap perfectly.”
1.5 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum
.5 oz. simple syrup
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
2-3 slices ripe pear
Muddle pear and shake with all other ingredients, strain through a fine strainer in a tall glass. Fill with fresh ice and top with club soda, garnish with a slice of pear.