The Au Pear at James
Journeyman bartender Justin Briggs has been writing the drinks menu at James since the Prospect Heights restaurant opened its doors. The Au Pear is one of his latest, seasonally inspired creations. The blend of vodka, pear liqueur, lemon, and prosecco is topped with a float of Lustau East India Solera sherry. Briggs says its nutty, oxidative character lends the Au Pear a flavor reminiscent of a freshly bitten pear left to air-ripen. "It needed a sense of history to the fruit, almost." The caramel-hued sherry, he adds, "drains down into it, and you get this visual effect of the darkness of the sherry crawling into the ice."