London Richard, a mixologist at Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley, was inspired when he saw a cocktail featuring pear, a fresh fall ingredient. “Most people gravitate to pumpkin spice and apples, but there are so many rich flavour palates to play with this season,” he says. Hence, Sweater Weather, which he’s crafted just for us, is a warming, yet refreshing pear-infused cocktail — reminiscent of a crisp fall day. “The flavour of Eau Claire whisky is highlighted beautifully with pear juice and a touch of honey,” he says. “The rye gets a boost of spice from the sumac and orange liqueur, while Licor 43 helps bring out the rich caramel notes in the whisky and adds warm vanilla and spice.”
1.5 oz. Eau Claire Distillery Rupert’s Whisky
0.5 oz. Legend Distilling Manitou Orange & Sumac Liqueur (or Grand Marnier or another orange liqueur)
0.25 oz. Licor 43 (or Galliano or another vanilla liqueur)
0.75 oz. pear juice
0.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 bar spoon wildflower honey
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds (more if desired!) and double-strain into a coupe or flute glass. Garnish with an edible wildflower and pear slice.