The martini is a very manly drink. James Bond 007 himself drink them; shaken not stirred. Whether or not you are a fan of the martini, I ensure you that you will love this ginger pear variation. The other night. my boyfriend and I had dinner at Lemongrass, a "fusion bistro" in the short north neighborhood of Cbus (that Ben Folds frequents when he is in Columbus). I had their ginger pear martini, and I enjoyed it soo much that i decided to try and make it...hope you enjoy.
1 fresh lime
2 canned pear slices in heavy syrup (from 15-ounce can)*
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) syrup from can of pears
2 ounces (1/4 cup) pear-flavored vodka
Peel skin from ginger with the side of a spoon. Finely grate enough ginger to prepare as many drinks as needed.
To make one cocktail drink: Juice lime and pour into martini shaker. Add two pear slices to the martini shaker. Add thumbnail-sized portion of ginger and muddle ingredients together. Pour syrup from canned pears into shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka. Shake vigorously 10 times and strain into chilled martini glass, making sure to keep solids out of the cocktail.