It's bourbon month so I figured that I better get on board and make you people a cocktail. Last week whiskey, this week bourbon...what is happening to me? Regardless, this week has been cray cray to the second degree. I have seen Canean maybe for thirty minutes each night before we both crash and I have been operating on go mode since Monday. An Asian pear and mint bourbon sparkler is just what the doctor ordered and I plan on drinking one (or two) of these bad boys tonight to celebrate tomorrow being Friday.
Yesterday I helped a friend out where she works at a local home and garden store. We built a wood pallet wall which we managed to saw half of (with our bare hands) and a handsaw and did a floor move. You didn't know I was handy too did ya?
Yesterday I was all "I'm in shape, I won't be that sore", and this morning I'm like "damn, I'm not as in shape as I thought I was" because my body tried to not let me get out of the bed this morning. It was like I needed some WW40 on my joints.
I definitely deserve a bourbon cocktail for my manual labor yesterday, I'll tell you that much.
Our farmer's market has these insanely delicious Asian pears that taste like a regular pear, but are crunchier and full of juice. And since apples don't grow locally in Louisiana, these Asian pears have taken their place as my fall fruit and my regular afternoon snack. If you ever come across them, you need to snag them immediately. Of course if you can't find Asian pears, you could use regular pears too...not a problem, they would be just as delicious in this drink.
The flavor of the pears mixed with bright mint, a bourbon kick, and topped off with prosecco will have you singing and your joints moving after about two sips, and you will think you sound amazing.
- 1 Asian Pear, Peeled and cut into cubes
- 5 Mint Leaves
- 2 Tbsp. Honey (you can add more if you prefer a sweeter cocktail)
- 2 Oz. Bourbon
- Prosecco for topping off
- With an immersion blender or a regular blender, combine your honey, chopped pear, and mint and blend until you have a somewhat smooth puree.
- In a cocktail shaker combine your pear puree, and the bourbon with a couple of ice cubes and shake well.
- You can pour directly into two glasses filled with ice, or you can strain your mixture if you don't want any of the puree bits in your glass. It's just a texture preference really.
- Top your glass off with prosecco and garnish with a pear slice and some mint leaves.
- Serve immediately.
This is my only way to celebrate fall coming since the weather has still not cooperated in giving me a break from the heat. And why not celebrate with a delicious Asian pear and mint bourbon sparkler?
Cheers to thirsty Thursday friends.