La Perla

A nocturnal tequila drink that’s short on recipe, but not on flavor

NO 160
NO 160
La Perla cocktail photo

Recipe

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients over ice and stir
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist
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Plucked from the pages of the excellent book Three Ingredient Cocktails by Robert Simonson, La Perla is a nocturnal tequila drink that is short on recipe, but certainly not on flavor, as it boasts a dynamic range of deliciousness sure to please adventurous cocktail drinkers and sherry lovers alike. It presents an excellent opportunity for evening experimentation, and comes in handy anytime a little surprise is in order. The nose is predominantly lemon, sherry, and tequila, while the pear mostly comes through on the sip. This drink is floral and refreshing with a hint of honey sweetness that plays beautifully into the soft, yellow and flowerlike aesthetic.

A lemon twist is very important to this drink; it has no bitters and the citrus oils add sparkle and complexity. Manzanilla sherry is recommended here, but even with a nice bottle, we didn’t find the pairing to be just-so-perfect or anything. The result is a little dry with manzanilla, so consider something a little sweeter, unless of course dry has your eye. Similarly, we didn’t sense a lot of strength from the requested reposado tequila, so feel free to play around. The reposado did add a bit of backbone, so reach for it if you have no opinions otherwise. Overall, this is a unique and weird drink with few comparisons. In fact, it feels a little magical how everything works together. Give this one a roll when hunting for something outside the box or trying to impress your more discerning friends.

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