Woodford Reserve Bourbon Ginger Pear Cocktail
Fruity and slightly sweet, this ginger and pear cocktail is warming and ever-so-slightly spicy. Plus, Woodford Reserve’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey makes everything better. You really can’t go wrong with a good bourbon cocktail! It’s just cozy. And who doesn’t love cozy?
Woodford Reserve’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey: a DiSomma Family Favorite
What makes a cocktail good? Partially the combination of ingredients—just like in cooking. And like baking, a technique often makes a bit of a difference. A huge component that often gets overlooked? High-quality spirits.
When I put together a nice meal, I love a good cocktail in lieu of (and sometimes in addition to) dessert. This time of year, I enjoy ample opportunities to pour one of my favorite high quality ingredients ever: Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It is SO good!
This amber-colored whiskey is a family favorite. First of all, it’s super fragrant. It smells like subtle vanilla, rich dried fruit, and fresh orange spice. And when you take a sip, the flavor does not disappoint—notes of citrus, cinnamon, toffee, and caramel make it the perfect spirit for a (cold) warm-you-up kind of drink. Did I mention how smooth it is? Oh, and it pairs perfectly with the spice of the ginger and the sweetness of the pear in this cocktail!
Pro tips: How to Peel Fresh Ginger
My homemade ginger honey simple syrup makes this drink even cozier. Before I start making it, I like to peel my ginger. You can eat the peels if it’s organic, but I find the flavor to be more delicious when the ginger is peeled. Here’s an easy way to peel it: Hold the ginger root in your hand and scrape the peel off using one edge of the back side of a spoon. Easy!
Notes on the syrup: You’ll have more ginger honey simple syrup than you need, but it keeps in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I like to use my leftover syrup in hot tea (or iced, for the odd warm fall day).