Should you make this drink for your fall and winter gatherings? The answer is, apparently so. There’s just the right amount of your favorite holiday flavors without being overbearing. You know, like your favorite aunt.
The Bently Heritage vodka used in this recipe brings about some nostalgic feels. I spent half my childhood in Gardnerville and Minden. I also worked for Bently, Nevada for a short time after high school in the building that is now their distillery. Their vodka is incredibly smooth, which makes it great for mixing.
To make the syrup, mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 3 vanilla beans, 2 cinnamon sticks and a couple dashes of cardamon bitters. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Using a strainer, pour into an appropriate bottle.
Shake the vodka, Cointreau, syrup, pear nectar and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Pour over ice in a short glass.
I like to slice up a pear and an orange. Using two pear slices and an orange slice, you can arrange them standing vertically on the side of your ice cube(s).
Large, square ice cubes always get a lot of compliments, and they take longer to melt. You can get a silicon mold from most liquor stores, or, of course, Amazon.