Pear Cocktails: 9 ‘Pearfect’ Sips to Celebrate the Season

A ripe, juicy pear is a highlight of fall, for sure. Now, introduce that sweet pear to your favorite booze and you’ve got a cocktail that’s as satisfying as zip lining through a foliage-rich New England forest. Here are 11 pear cocktails that are an ideal accompaniment for the crunchy-leaves-and-woolly-sweater season.

Bartlett Pear Margarita at White House Inn, Wilmington, Vermont
Sip the Bartlett Pear Margarita for a boozy autumnal escape at this innovative burgers-and-sushi concept restaurant. The seasonal sip combines Sauza tequila, pear puree and a touch of agave syrup with fresh lime juice, and is poured in a glass is rimmed with brown sugar. Make a reservation at White House Inn.

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Spiced Pear Margarita at Davio’s, Boston, Massachusetts
This fall, the Spiced Pear Margarita is served at all eight of Davio’s locations (including Atlanta, New York City, and Philadelphia). It’s made with Don Julio Anejo, Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, ginger simple syrup, pear puree, lemon juice, and cinnamon bitters — and garnished with a vanilla bean and served in a snifter. Make a reservation at Davio’s.

Pear Sangria at Park Avenue Autumn, New York, New York
This restaurant transforms with the changing seasons — no, seriously, everything from the menus to the interior décor get a do-over every three months. At the same time, mixologist Bryan Schneider adds new, complementary cocktails; this fall, it’s the Pear Sangria made with Cognac, spiced pear syrup (fresh-pressed Bartlett pear juice, sugar, and cloves) and lemon juice, topped with Prosecco, and garnished with a pear slice and cinnamon stick. Make a reservation at Park Avenue Autumn.

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The Crazy Beautiful at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, Chicago, Illinois
Light and bubbly, and sweet enough so you can skip Halloween treats (nah), the Crazy Beautiful cocktail served here is elegant eye candy and a sip of fall. It’s made with CH Vodka, St. Germaine, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, and a splash of Chateau Elysees and it’s garnished with dried hibiscus petals. Make a reservation at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen.

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Pear + Ginger Martini at BiCE, San Diego, California
Pear and ginger make a nice pair — sweet, meet spicy. The Pear & Ginger Martini served in this upscale Italian restaurant with a primo Gaslamp District address is poured with Purity vodka, fresh blended pear, ginger, Washington buckwheat honey, and Amaretto. Make a reservation at BiCE.

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The Pearlicious at Fish Bar at North River Landing, New York, New York
The Fish Bar has a unique setting, especially for NYC — a yacht, with a 3,000-square foot outdoor top deck, and bi-level interior dining space for sunset and skyline views. Right!? Sip the Pearlicious while you soak up the scenery. It’s a blend of Don Q Cristal, coconut rum, pear, and uber-local mint (it’s grown in the restaurant’s garden that serves as the source for the farm-to-cocktail drinks). Make a reservation at North River Landing.

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The Woodsman at Beauty & Essex, New York, New York
Known for its inventive cocktails and small plates, this cozy East Village hideaway says hello to fall with The Woodsman, a blend of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Allspice Dram, maple syrup, lemon, and muddled pears. One sip and you’ll long for a pile off just-raked leaves to jump into. Make a reservation at Beauty & Essex.

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Top Steakhouse Cocktails: Meat Your Match

What better way to celebrate our recent list of the 100 Best Steakhouses in America than with a cocktail made to go with steak. Filets may be the prime attraction at these eateries, but drinks are the gravy of any steakhouse experience. Whether you’re looking for a quick tipple in 30 seconds or less, or you want savor a libation barrel-aged for three months, here are the top steakhouse cocktails that are a cut above.

Goldenrye at Jimmy’s An American Restaurant & Bar, Aspen, Colorado
Jimmy’s is all about sourcing local produce in the heart of Aspen, and Colorado’s rich valleys produce just the right potatoes and grains for vodkas and whiskies, too. Liquor from Woody Creek Distillers — just 20 miles from the restaurant — comes straight from the Centennial State’s bounty, including the favorite of bartender Chris Kelner: the 2- to 3-year aged rye. He puts a twist — literally — on the traditional Gold Rush, blending whiskey and lemon for the Goldenrye, adding ginger liqueur for spicy-sweet notes and a dry sherry finish. Make a reservation at Jimmy’s An American Restaurant & Bar.

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Meat and Potatoes Martini at Lawry’s the Prime Rib, Chicago, Illinois
A meal in and of itself and a perfect homage to Chicago’s meatpacking heritage, Lawry’s Meat and Potatoes Martini even makes the spirit meta with potato vodka. Their signature cocktail includes two colossal olives stuffed with prime rib and horseradish—the perfect meaty pairing for the other menu staple of the “spinning salad,” served tableside with all entrees. It’s fun to kick a few back and laugh as bowls are set in buckets of ice and twirled like Oksana Baiul. Make a reservation at Lawry’s the Prime Rib.

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The Swanson at Steak & Whisky, Hermosa Beach, California
It’s not too hard to decipher just what’s served up at Steak & Whisky, but one of the biggest hits riffs on the beloved Parks and Rec character (and ultimate bacon lover) Ron Swanson. Steak & Whisky’s version of The Swanson incorporates its namesake libation and adds barrel-smoked maple syrup and bitters. Served up on the side is a meaty garnish from the steak and charcuterie board — a beverage truly fit for any plaid-loving, woodworking man’s man. Make a reservation at Steak & Whisky.

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Vida de Playa at BOA Steakhouse-Sunset, Los Angeles, California
Bar manager Josh Renfree doesn’t compromise quality for speed at BOA, where his diverse list of 15 steakhouse-friendly cocktails can all be assembled in 30 seconds or less. South American-born bartender Pancho Lam lends a hand — and some inspiration — with his Vida de Playa, a playful Peruvian twist on a piña colada incorporating pisco and mango coconut puree. The sour is homemade, as are the natural coconut, mango, and citrus purees, pairing up with menu hits like goat cheese baklava, Thai chili wings, charred tuna tartare, and chilled jumbo saffron prawns. Make a reservation at BOA Steakhouse-Sunset.

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Well Done! The 100 Best Steakhouses in America 2016 #OpenTable100

As we look forward to the holiday dining season, we are thrilled to unveil the 100 Best Steakhouses in America 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

100 Best Steakhouses in America 2016

Highlighting both traditional steakhouses and novel takes on the concept, the complete list features restaurants in 28 states and the District of Columbia and includes Maple & Ash in Chicago (pictured above), Keens Steakhouse in New York and STK in Las Vegas. California, Illinois, and Texas each have 17 winning restaurants, followed by New York with 14 and Nevada with 12. Massachusetts has eight honorees, and Ohio and Pennsylvania boast six apiece. Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C., each have five honorees. South Carolina has three restaurants, while Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington all have two standout steakhouses. Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and Rhode Island are also represented.

Check out a slideshow of 10 of the most mouthwatering plates of meat from winning restaurants on the list.

 

The list of the 100 Best Steakhouses in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016. All restaurants in the “steak” cuisine category with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to their overall food rating.

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Top Boston Rooftop Bars: Where to Sip + Soak in the City Skyline

Whether you’re dining or just raising a glass, those who want to savor this awesome weather before the clocks turn in Boston have a plethora of options. Think Italian, sushi or BBQ, with craft cocktails and local brews to boot. Here are the top Boston rooftop bars — and a preview of what you’ll see.

Lookout Rooftop + Bar at the Envoy Hotel
Lookout may be perched high above Boston’s hottest neighborhood for nightlife, but if you don’t line up by about 4PM in the afternoon the line may snake around the block for the stunning Seaport views at this trendy newcomer. Head bartender Michael Ray works together with Beantown brewery Harpoon and local spirit makers like GrandTen for WireWorks gin and Bully Boy for rum, vodka, and whiskey to craft artisanal cocktails. The latest seasonal hit — the Rum for Your Life, with pineapple, lime, and simple syrup — celebrates the last blast of Indian summer. Views through modern glass walls offer a prime panorama of the city skyline and Boston Harbor. Post-game with noshes like tuna poke, flatbreads, and locally caught scallops from chef du cuisine Tatiana Rosana at Outlook Kitchen and Bar, also at Envoy Hotel. Make a reservation at Outlook Kitchen and Bar.

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Legal Harborside
Good things come in threes at Legal Harborside, where the trio of sangrias (red, white, and strawberry) are the perfect way to toast the all-seasons rooftop bar and lounge —and three very different dining experiences on each floor. The first is a casual concept with “picnic tables” and a market, the second offers fine dining and an interior reminiscent of a ship’s dining room, and the third is the cherry on top: a four-season space with a copper fireplace and retractable glass walls and ceiling just right to admire those harvest moons glimmering over the marina. The adult slushies and Top Deck Margarita are the top choices to wash down a menu focusing on sushi and oysters. Make a reservation at Legal Harborside.

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Coppersmith
Though the vintage airstream trailer converted into a bar may be the most memorable décor on the Coppersmith roof deck, the drinks are far removed from the Solo cup beverages found in most double-wides. The mood is festive and casual, especially this fall as football lovers get a kick on Sunday and Monday game days when executive chef Jason Heard busts out a “rivals menu” including regional fare from the New England Patriots’ opposing teams including pierogies from Cleveland and crab cakes from Baltimore. Hungry for more? The Air Deck is the only space you can order “Air Deck Picnics,” family-style bites like BBQ, tacos, and sliders served up in vintage Radio Flyer wagons for 6-20 people (must be ordered in advance). Make it a party and tap your toes to live music being offered Sunday afternoons on the deck from 4-7PM, too. Make a reservation at Coppersmith.

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 Top of the Hub
Top of the Hub may be in the heart of the Boston, but the drink menu hits are straight up Caribbean. Lead bartender Arley Howard serves up frothy pina coladas in a city largely devoid of frozen cocktails, in addition to a plethora of mojitos. One of the most popular tipples is the Level 52 — so named for the floor the restaurant occupies in the landmark skyscraper of the Prudential Center — featuring vodka and Chambord topped with Champagne in an ice-cold martini glass with raspberries. It’s great to raise a toast to the stunning views across Boston Harbor up to 80 out, and try one of the more than 3,000 bottles of bubbly or wine in the Hub’s two large wine rooms. Any and all drinks are a terrific way to get those dancing feet loosened up for live music or as a precursor to new executive chef Stefan Jarausch’s menu, which changes seasonally. Make a reservation at Top of the Hub.

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