Partridge in a Pear Tree

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Champagne is synonymous with the holidays, from cheerful gatherings with family and friends to bubbly toasts at midnight on New Years Eve. This drink is a delightful, low sugar interpretation of the classic French 75. Fresh pressed or organic pear juice adds color, texture and charm (given the cocktail’s title) while Dorothy Parker gin is the perfect botanical spirit for the season. 

1 oz organic or fresh pressed pear juice
1 oz Dorothy Parker gin
3 oz Brut Champagne 
Juice from 1/4 small lemon
Lemon twist
Thinly sliced ripe pear

Combine gin, pear juice and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Fill flute with champagne. Garnish with a twist of lemon and pear slice.

By Ginny Lawhorn, award-winning bartender at Landmark Theatres, Harbor East and founder of Tend for a Cause. 

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