My latest drink I made with DIY Cocktails is a play on a martini made with sake, fresh pear juice, and dry vermouth.
If you dislike strong cocktails, this is the drink for you. Sake adds a light, delicate flavor to the drink with no trace of the “burning” some people dislike about liquor. The average sake has about 9-16% alcohol while most liquors have about 40% alcohol, so using sake in a drink is a way to have a cocktail without worrying too much about getting drunk.
We used a juicer to make the fresh pear juice. If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender or food processor instead. Just cut the pear up, remove the core and seeds, and blend until liquefied. Then strain the juice from the pulp. You could use pear juice from the store, too.
Here’s the recipe:
Pear Sake Martini
makes one cocktail
1 1/2 oz sake
1 1/2 oz pear juice (roughly the juice of half a pear)
1/4 oz dry vermouth
Pear slice for garnish (optional)
In a cocktail shaker, combine the sake, pear juice, and dry vermouth. Shake thoroughly with ice. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of pear, if desired. Enjoy!