Are you into award season? As in, Hollywood awards?
I totally and shamelessly am. In fact, I absolutely adore them, with the Oscars being my absolute fave. I look forward to “award season” all year. I love it for the mindless entertainment it gives me, the gorgeous people I get to look at, and for the distraction it provides from the dreadfulness of January and February. This time of year is so tough for me. I get in a funk that’s hard to shake, for sure.
So what helps? Pretty people in pretty clothes performing in pretty movies and making pretty speeches. Yesss.
Oh, and booze. That always helps things, right?
That brings me to today’s recipe, AKA the EASIEST (no, really) COCKTAIL EVER.
No shaking. No mixing. No simple syrup making. Three ingredients that get poured into a champagne flute and that’s IT. Oh, and if you want to garnish with some pear slices, I guess that counts as a fourth ingredient, but overall, still pretty darn simple.
Dan and I have started a tradition where we make fun (slightly fancy) snacks and a fun cocktail to sip on for the Oscars. I always want to host an Oscars party with friends, but it never seems realistic. I mean, we’re old now. Most of us have kids. And the awards are always on a Sunday night.
This year, Dan and I are taking the Monday after OFF, so we can really live it up the night of the party. Because, really, who can stay up past 10:30 PM on a Sunday night?! Not me. #momlife
So this super easy cocktail is also super delicious. I love pear cocktails, and I think they work super well with elderflower liqueur. A lot of restaurant menus will have some sort of pear-elderflower situation now, and I am always very predictable and boring and order it. I like what I like!
I wanted to make a simplified version at home. Not a martini or a margarita (not that those are particularly difficult to mix up either). Something with bubbly! Because we’re celebrating! And feeling fancy!
Turns out, pear nectar and St. Germaine elderflower liqueur work REALLY well with dry champagne. It’s light and refreshing, a touch sweet, and definitely fruity and fun.
And while Dan can drink Manhattans and Sazeracs with the best of them, he’ll probably request that I add a maraschino cherry to his. Meaning, mine will be champagne colored, and his will be….pink.
The secret’s out.
2 oz pear nectar
2 oz St. Germaine elderflower liqueur
8 oz chilled dry champagne or sparkling wine
Thinly sliced fresh pear, for garnish (optional)
Pour 1 oz of pear nectar and 1 oz of St. Germaine liqueur into each glass and top off with the champagne. Garnish each glass with a slice of pear and serve immediately.