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“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

2 oz Catoctin Creek Pearousia Pear Brandy ¾ oz Cointreau ¾ oz Meyer lemon juice Meyer lemon slice for garnish
Shake well over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has been rubbed in lemon juice and rimmed in sugar.

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