The St. Matilda, by Phil Ward of Death & Co, is a real treat: fresh and delicious, sweet but not cloying. Tequila and pear are a brilliant combination, with blanco tequila’s vegetal notes taking the edge off the pear’s sweetness.
It’s probably named for Mathilde pear liqueur – you can use any pear liqueur you like (we love it with St. George’s Spiced Pear Liqueur, for example). Just steer clear of drier pear brandy or eau de vie here, as you’ll need the sweetness from the liqueur to balance the spirit and sour elements.
Muddle the pear in your shaker to release its juice. Add the remaining ingredients and ice, and shake well. Double-strain through a fine mesh strained into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with a fresh pear slice or a dried pear.
- Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails by by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald