“I’m not a whiskey drinker,” I told Scott Harris, co-founder of Catoctin Creek Distillery once. “It’s too strong.” Scott grinned and held up a finger. He returned from behind the bar with a Catoctin Creek Pearousia Sidecar, made with brandy distilled from pear wine. Like Betty Draper, it is icy, blonde and goes down easy—oh, like that night at the bar–with the fragrance of pears, lemons, caramel and vanilla. But be careful ladies, too many of these and you won’t know who yo’ baby daddy is.
Pearousia Pear Brandy ($42, 40% ABV, 375 ml) has an extremely limited release, like Betty’s tears. Only 600 bottles will be made this season, so find the closest retailer of Catoctin Creek products here and make this exquisite cocktail at your next Mad Men party. Want more? Read 5 Sidecars with a Kick Start.
Catoctin Creek Distillery’s Pearousia Sidecar
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.