Autumn Leaves Under Winter Snow

Crisp, bracing, and slightly spicy
1 12 oz Vodka
12 oz Pear Vodka, Absolut Pear
14 oz Strega
14 oz Simple syrup
4   Black peppercorns (cracked)
3 sli Ginger
1 sli Pear
If using whole black peppercorns, crack them in a mortar and pestle, or by crushing them between a cutting board and the bottom of a heavy skillet or pan. Add 3 or 4 slices of fresh ginger to a pint glass and muddle. Add pepper, and liquid ingredients. Shake with ice until very cold, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of pear.
I created this drink for winter Holiday parties where a crisp and bracing cocktail, evocative of a cold winter, was required. It was featured at The Soiree, a charity VIP event in Buffalo.
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