Champagne hasn’t been my friend for a long time. I go from bubbly to drunk to very hungover and unhappy in a matter of sips, and it’s a major thumbs down in that I adore a fizzy tipple once in a while. Although I like to occasionally dance with danger and partake a troublesome glass or two, I vastly prefer anything that’ll give me the same sensation without all the pain. Given that vodka and I are copacetic, I adore this incredibly simple martini that garners its bubbles from non-alcoholic pear cider. But not to worry, my off-the-wagon friends. This sparkler combines the ripe flavor of luscious pear vodka and floral St. Germain into a sweet, but strong (good and strong!) martini of the most delightful nature. I sip away with no regrets or apprehension, knowing that I’ll be staving off a vicious hangover. Well, assuming that I don’t drink five of these in a row without a second thought. Let’s pretend that’s never happened before, ok?
Sparkling Pear Martini
1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
2 oz. pear flavored vodka
sparkling pear cider (I like the California Sparklers Brand)
slices of juicy pear, garnish
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the St. Germain and vodka. Shake until thoroughly chilled and strain into a martini glass. Top with sparkling pear cider and garnish with a slice of pear. Sip away.