3/4 oz Beefeater Gin
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Mathilde Pear Liqueur
3/4 oz Aperol
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
For my last drink at Rendezvous on Thursday, I spotted the bottle of Mathilde pear liqueur on the shelf and was curious what Scott Holliday could do with it. We eventually got on the topic of what it would be like in a Last Word variant but we needed a bitter liqueur to round out the quartet. I suggested Aperol since it seemed gentle enough to go against the pear liqueur. In the drink, however, it seemed to require perhaps a slightly stronger bitters like Chartreuse or Campari to add some extra zing characteristic of the Last Word, so perhaps Scott's first thought of yellow Chartreuse would have been better. Otherwise, the lime-pear-rhubarb(from the Aperol) gave an almost papaya like flavor to me and a watermelon like flavor to Scott. The latter observation made Scott think of trying the combination next time with tequila. Whether or not tequila would be tasty in this, the gin did work well with the combination though, and Beefeater's juniper notes stood out quite nicely in the drink.