How to Make Third Rail's Asian Pear & Tequila Cocktail

Third Rail SF's Jeff Lyon on how to make a Fall-inspired cocktail, the "Harvest Moon," with seasonal Asian pear puree, warming star anise, and surprisingly, tequila.

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How to Make Third Rail's Asian Pear & Tequila Cocktail Recipe
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Gather supplies

Gather supplies

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You'll need asian pear/anise puree, Partida Blanco Tequila, lime juice, gum syrup, a shaker, double strainer, and a spray bottle for absinthe.

You'll need asian pear/anise puree, Partida Blanco Tequila, lime juice, gum syrup, a shaker, double strainer, and a spray bottle for absinthe.

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Fresh squeeze 1 oz. lime juice

Fresh squeeze 1 oz. lime juice

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Ahead of time: make Asian pear purée. Poach peeled, cored Asian pears and star anise in white wine. When it thickens, take off the heat and purée. Chill, then use 1 oz. in this cocktail.

Ahead of time: make Asian pear purée. Poach peeled, cored Asian pears and star anise in white wine. When it thickens, take off the heat and purée. Chill, then use 1 oz. in this cocktail.

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Add 1 oz. gum syrup for sweetness

Add 1 oz. gum syrup for sweetness

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Tequila is a fun way to experience a Fall cocktail. Add 1.5 oz Partida Blanco Tequila.

Tequila is a fun way to experience a Fall cocktail. Add 1.5 oz Partida Blanco Tequila.

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Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice until the outside turns frosty.

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice until the outside turns frosty.

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Taste with a straw

Taste with a straw

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Prep a chilled Old Fashioned glass with ice

Prep a chilled Old Fashioned glass with ice

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Double strain through a fine-meshed sieve.

Double strain through a fine-meshed sieve.

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Spray the top of the drink with absinthe to give the nose more of a hint of anise

Spray the top of the drink with absinthe to give the nose more of a hint of anise

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Garnish with a whole star anise. Sip. Be merry.

Garnish with a whole star anise. Sip. Be merry.

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Absinthe hits the nose, alerting you to anise inside. Pear slow cooked with anise give it thickness & spice. Lime & tequila add a bright agave burst of flavor. It's well-balanced & delightfully smooth

Absinthe hits the nose, alerting you to anise inside. Pear slow cooked with anise give it thickness & spice. Lime & tequila add a bright agave burst of flavor. It's well-balanced & delightfully smooth

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