Maleficent has always been my muse. Give me a villainess over a silly princess any day. They have better outfits, lighting, and eyebrows. It’s only appropriate that I give tribute to this dark lady with a potion from the @deathandcompanycocktail book.
2 oz spiced pear-infused tequila*
.5 oz bonded apple brandy @lairdsapplejack
.5 oz yellow chartreuse
Stir all ingredients over ice, strain into glass. Garnish with pear slice (or poison apple slice, if you’re feeling more of an Evil Queen vibe). I will confess that I dislike pears in fruit form - the texture turns me into a cranky dragon. But in this cocktail it’s a bright overtone to the spicy tequila, smoothed by the yellow chartreuse. Be sure to stir thoroughly, until it’s silvery chilled. 💜🍐🖤
*I modified the tequila infusion from the Death and Co book for a smaller batch. Theirs uses an entire bottle of tequila. Mine is good for 4 cocktails: combine 1.5 coursely chopped pears (Death and Co says red Anjou; I say whatever the purple ones are that grow on my tree), 1/2 coursely chopped Granny Smith apple, 2 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick and 10 oz tequila (Death and Co says Siembra Azul blanco tequila - I used an anejo because I like its smoother, more subtle roundness). Cover and let stand at room temperature for a week, stirring daily. Strain through cheesecloth-lined sieve.