A gorgeous cocktail to celebrate the season, this Vodka, Red Wine and Spiced Pear Liqueur Cocktail is the perfect drink to serve over the holidays with a beautiful color and the freshness of pears.
When I was approached by the people at Stolichnayai to work with them; they suggested this Vodka, Red Wine and Spiced Pear Liqueur Cocktail and I thought it sounded intriguing and I could imagine that it would look absolutely stunning.
I’ve enjoyed other cocktails with wine as a component that were stellar so I expected something special and it did not disappoint.
Made with flavors of the season including spiced pear, maple and grated nutmeg, they are the perfect wintry components for a cocktail that shines brighter than the ornaments on your tree! The combination of Vodka, Red Wine and Spiced Pear Liqueur creates a rich red color that will certainly add a pop to your holiday party.
Elit is a new addition to the Stolichnaya® brand and is the result of a choice to yield the highest quality, single-estate vodka. Several steps are involved in their single-minded pursuit of perfection, from grain to bottle. Grain is grown in Tambov, Russia — one of the richest, most fertile environments on Earth and their grains are single-sourced from Raduga, our farm in Tambov.
Cultivated by their own farmers, they hand-select the blend of grains: winter wheat, spring wheat and rye. Distilled three times, using only the high-quality heart that comes out of the process: the Alpha elit™ Spirit. These grains are then carefully balanced with water from their artesian well in Riga, Latvia. While most vodkas discard only 2% of the distillate to extract imperfections, Stolichnaya® set the benchmark for Alpha Spirit, extracting up to 20% to achieve perfection.
Before bottling, the liquid is then filtered through tightly packed columns of fine quartz sand and activated Russian birchwood charcoal to remove any tiny particles. Pulled by gravity and perfected by carbon, it emerges bright and clear. The spirit undergoes a patented freeze-filtration process before passing through an ion-charged filter while being maintained at precisely -18º C.
This part of the process has been inspired by the old tradition of leaving casks outside in winter conditions and this final stage is what distinguishes elit™ from other vodkas. The result is an understated and uniquely creamy vodka, void of any imperfections; it was perfect in this cocktail.
This is definitely a premium vodka and deserves to be highlighted in a special cocktail. The St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur was a perfect match to the crispness of the vodka. I’ve not had pear liqueur before and I know I’ll be creating more concoctions with this prize; it was so good I could drink it straight up!
A friend of mine, Pam, at the blog Sidewalk Shoes, has also made her own Spiced Pear Liqueur; you might want to check it out too…I know I’ll be making some for me, myself, and I!
While I know that wine is not often combined with liquors in a beverage of this nature, this cocktail opened my eyes and I need to play with more combinations. But I have mentioned how beautiful it is? I have? Well, it really is! 🙂
The resulting Vodka, Red Wine and Spiced Pear Liqueur Cocktail was fantastic; crisp and redolent of the the flavors of the season. This is one I know my guests will enjoy drinking with me on Christmas day and throughout the holiday season.
Vodka, Red Wine and Spiced Pear Liqueur Cocktail
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- 1.5 oz Dry Red Wine
- .5 oz St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
- .25 oz Maple Syrup
- .25 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Seltzer
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into an ice filled glass and top with club soda.
- Garnish with a pear fan and grated nutmeg (optional).