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Friday, September 20, 2013

Drink of the Week: La Poire Shandy

It’s been one busy week here at Imbibe! Feast—the food and drinks fest based in Portland, Oregon—kicked off last night with an epic party in which we—together with local consultant and bartender Kelley Swenson and some of the city’s top bartending talent—curated a cocktail experience that mixed more than 1,000 drinks for chefs, media and industry folk who are in town and ready for four days of food and drink revelry. Today’s Drink of the Week—the La Poire Shandy—was a party standout, combining pear vodka, fresh citrus and simple syrup with Widmer’s Krystal Pear beer, which they brewed specially for the festival (at home you can swap in your favorite hefeweizen). It’s the perfect season-straddling refresher to sip as summer fades into fall.
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La Poire Shandy
1 oz. pear vodka (Swenson uses Grey Goose La Poire)
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. rich simple syrup (2:1)
4 oz. hefeweizen
Dash of orange bitters (Swenson uses Angostura)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: highball
Garnish: slice of fresh pear

Combine all ingredients, except beer, and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass, top with beer and garnish.