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Thirsty Thursday: Toast Pear Day at Perfect Pear Bistro

You may think you love pears, but be pre-pear-ed to get schooled in the juicy fruit this weekend. In the name of National Pear Day, Oct. 25, the folks at Perfect Pear Bistro are whipping up a mix of savory quesadillas, “pear bread,” sweet cocktails and enough dishes to make this national day feel like a holiday. Bonus: Perfect Pear Bistro is offering 50 percent off all menu items that include pears this Saturday.

Perfect Pear Bistro has locations at 1241 E. Chandler Blvd. in Ahwatukee and 9845 S. Priest Dr. in Tempe.

Extra credit: For Thirsty Thursday, Perfect Pear shared recipes for two of its fruit-inspired cocktails!

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Shaff

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Shaff

Pear Mule
What you need:
2 oz pear vodka
1/2 lime juice (appx. 1 oz)
5 oz ginger beer

Preparation:
-Pour over ice garnish wit lime wedge
-Serve in a copper mug

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Shaff

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Shaff

Perfect Pear Sidecar
What you need:
2 oz pear brandy
.5 oz Grand Mariner
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz pear puree
.5 oz simple syrup

Preparation:
-Shake with ice strain and serve up in a martini glass
-Garnish with pear slice

 

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Thirsty Thursday: Back to School Martinis

This week, Arizona State University announced its freshman class broke its enrollment record — yes, again. Doesn’t it just make you want to put out a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils?

For this week’s Thirsty Thursday, we’re toasting all the smarty-pants heading off to college for the first time. So, parents, stop obsessively refreshing your kids’ Facebook and Instagram feeds and mix up one of these scrumptious back-to-school cocktails instead!

The Pencil Eraser by Eventup is a sweet, eraser-pink mix of lemon, strawberries, cranberry juice and vodka.

Apples for teachers are no more part of your reality! Instead, put them to use in this cocktail found by one of our favorite booze hounds — Zane Lamprey, over at Drinking Made Easy. The Apple Spiced Cocktail from American Craft Kitchen & Bar in Chicago that we think is a delicious way to put the summer blues behind you. It’s a mix of moonshine, apple spice ginger liqueur, apple and lime juices and agave nectar. Yeah — bottoms up!

Lastly, there’s nothing wrong with some school pride! Here’s a Sun Devil Gold Daze cocktail that’s a sweet and tart mix of gin, peach brandy and orange juice. Make any spirit maroon by adding a good splash of cranberry juice!

The Cove Trattoria's Blackberry Cooler

Thirsty Thursday: The Cove Trattoria’s Summer Cocktails

The Cove Trattoria, nestled among the shops at Seville shopping center (located at Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads) is a family-owned Italian joint that opened in 2002. While the restaurant’s menu contains a bit of Old World Italy, its space is outfitted as a modern eatery with a cocktail menu that boasts more than a few unique twists on classic drinks, too.

Owner Daryl Monica was looking for refreshing summer fruits to lighten his cocktail menu this season and happened on a few tasty glassfuls of inspiration while playing mixologist with a friend who happens to work in the liquor business.

These drinks — a delicious cornucopia of fruity fusions — typically cost between $7.50 and $9.50, but guests can enjoy $2 off the summer’s specialty cocktails until Labor Day.

Cucumber Margarita

Cucumber Margarita

Cucumber Margarita – $9.50
What’s in it: Cucumber-infused Chinaco tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, garnished with cucumber
Tastes like: Monica doesn’t salt the rim of his margaritas, which makes this drink go down cool as the cucumber infused in this smooth summer drink. The tequila is much mellower than most margs you’ve probably thrown back. With its slightly tart aftertaste, you’ll feel quenched — and like you just can’t get enough.

 

 

 

Blackberry CoolerBlackberry Cooler – $9
What’s in it: Muddled blackberries, mint, simple syrup, Jim Beam bourbon, garnished with mint
Tastes like: Bourbon with a hint of mint and berry. I’m not a big bourbon/whiskey person, so the spirit always seems to stand out from other flavors in mixed drinks and slap me in the tongue. That said, this is a pretty delicious drink to sip on. The mint, grown by The Cove Trattoria, subdues the bite of bourbon.

 

 

Strawberry Lemonade. Photo by Amanda Ventura

Strawberry Lemonade. Photo by Amanda Ventura

Strawberry Lemonade – $8.50
What’s in it: Purity vodka, Luxardo limoncello, housemade strawberry lemonade
Tastes like: Summer, sugar-coated. This sweet treat, chunky with pureed strawberries in The Cove’s house lemonade is by far the best of the three cocktails Scottsdale Living tried. True to any gluggable cocktail, the alcohol content is indistinguishable. But, really, it’s just delicious sweet lemonade with a fun, pulpy consistency that makes your lips sweet as pie.

Thirsty Thursday: SOL Cocina

If you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant, look no further than SOL Cocina. The restaurant’s food and drinks are inspired by traditional Baja cuisine and are simply delicious. Pair the carne asada tacos, xolo tacos, or ceviche with a fruity watermelon margarita (my favorite), a classic SOL Granda Casa Noble Reposado Margarita, or the sparkling pomegranate cocktail. All of these are perfect for a late-spring night on the town!

Watermelon Margarita, SOL CocinaWatermelon Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 5 watermelon chunks about half inch each
  • 2 oz Corralejo Blanco tequila
  • 1 ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice

Directions:

  • In a cocktail mixing tin, muddle watermelon
  • Add remaining ingredients and shake
  • Strain over ice into a glass

 

Casa Noble, SOL CocinaSOL Casa Noble Single Barrel Reposado Skinny Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Casa Noble Single Barrel Reposado
  • 2 ½ oz lime juice
  • 1 ½ oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz soda water

Directions:

  • Shake and strain over fresh ice

 

Sparkling Pomegranate, SOL CocinaSparkling Pomegranate

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Grey Goose vodka
  • ½ oz St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur
  • 1 ½ oz pomegranate juice
  • ½ oz sparkling wine
CrudoCocktails

Thirsty Thursday: The Unique Taste of Crudo

Micah Olsen’s award-winning cocktails are nothing short of unique for his new spring menu at Crudo. Olsen works relentlessly on each of his drinks, buying the best and freshest ingredients. Inspired by his win at the 2014 Arizona Cocktail Week’s Last Slinger Standing bartending competition, Olsen created six new cocktails that can be tried every Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 7 pm for $5.

I tried four very different cocktails that did not remind me of anything else – they are simply unique. The Bali Brew mixes spice, fruit, and coffee to create a tasty mixture. The Big Brother is much fruitier and a different take on the traditional daiquiri. Raising Arizona is an old-school Italian drink that relies on bitters for those non-sweet drinkers out there. Finally, the Fuzzy Fix is a fresh kiwi-inspired drink and my favorite.

Bali Brew

Ingredients:

  • 1 jalapeño

  • 3 passes on a microplane of orange zest

  • 1 oz Sailor Jerry rum

  • 1 oz Monkey Shoulder scotch

  • ½ oz demerara syrup

  • ½ oz lemon juice

  • ¾ Morning Moonshine (cold-brewed coffee)

Big Brother

Ingredients:

  • 12-year-old El Dorado rum

  • 1 oz Caña Brava rum

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • ½ oz demerara sugar

  • 4 dashes of Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters

Raising Arizona

Ingredients:

  • 1 mulled cucumber slice

  • 2 drops saline solution

  • Pink Himalayan salt

  • 1 ½ oz Arizona Distilling Co. gin

  • ½ oz Cointreau

  • ¾ oz Lillet Rose

  • ¾ oz Campari

  • 2 dashes AZ Bitters Labs Sunshine Bitters

Fuzzy Fix

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Pisco Portón

  • 1 slice muddled kiwi

  • ¾ oz kiwi gomme syrup

  • 1 oz lemon juice

  • ½ oz Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot liqueur

  • Topped off with grapefruit soda

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Drunk In Love: Valentine's Day Cocktails

Are you still looking for that romantic Valentine’s Day date idea? Maybe a classy, romantic night on the town? A steakhouse with a special Valentine’s Day cocktail is the perfect choice. Both J&G Steakhouse and Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse have come up with some deliciously romantic cocktails for the occasion.

J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician created the Fraise Sauvage cocktail. This drink is delectably pink and refreshing on the lips. It is not sugary sweet but has a bit of tartness to keep you interested and wanting more. On the other hand, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse’s cocktail, Sweet Love, is the epitome of a chocolate-covered strawberry. With a chocolate liqueur and strawberry puree you will never have tasted anything so perfect. It is even garnished with a chocolate-covered strawberry.

Make these yourself with the following recipes or go out on the town for a lovely Valentine’s Day date!

J&G- Fraise Sauvage PhotoFraise Sauvage at J&G Steakhouse – $15

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ oz Plymouth Gin
  • ½ oz Strawberry vanilla puree
  • ¾ oz Lemon juice
  • ¼ oz Simple syrup
  • 2 oz Prosecco

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients except sparkling wine into a mixing glass
  • Add large, cold ice
  • Shake vigorously
  • Pour sparkling wine into a Martini glass
  • Top the sparkling wine with shaken mixture
  • Garnish with half a strawberry on the rim

DSC_0382 (1)Sweet Love – $12 regular menu, $7 happy hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce Malibu rum
  • 1 ounce strawberry puree
  • ½ ounce Vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce crème de cacao

Directions:

  • In a shaker tin with ice, add all ingredients and shake vigorously
  • Pour into a chilled sugar rimmed martini glass
  • Garnish with chocolate covered strawberry and whipped cream in the center