This Honeyed Pear Whiskey Cocktail is subtle, inspired, and magical, just like the zodiac sign Pisces! Sweet pear, earthy honey and aromatic whiskey combine in this flavorful, fruity cocktail with a dreamy rinse of absinthe.
Welcome to Pisces season!!
Okay, so technically it started yesterday at 5pm EST, but today’s the first official FULL day of Pisces season. You can celebrate by aligning your chakra, going to a psychic, by trying to astral project, by falling madly in love, and doing a good, selfless deed for someone who needs a hand.
Pisces, also known as the fish of the zodiac, is the last astrological house (#12) and is ruled by the planet Neptune. It’s a mutable sign with the water element, and like other water signs Scorpio and Cancer, Pisces tend to be emotional and sometimes dubbed “cry babies”… but that’s only if you don’t know them too well. They are a great sign that just happens to be more expressive with their emotions. The “mutable” part means they are ever-changing, just like how water can change from rain to hail to snow to frost – Piscean emotions can change a dozen times a day.
Pisces are empathetic, compassionate creatures who love love. A Pisces almost seems happiest when in love because they’re so caring and nurturing toward others. They’re trusting and hospitable, always looking to help out someone who needs a hand, and they’re romantics through and through.
Often referred to as the magical sign, Pisces represents spirituality, illusion, mystics, psychic and dreams. Pisces often have a sleepy, dreamy look in their eyes because they tend to be escapists which can be both positive and negative – because they’re always in their imaginative world, they can be wildly creative and artistic, but negative because they tend to be easily depressed and sometimes rely heavily on substance abuses to escape.
Because Pisces are so empathetic and sensitive to others, sometimes they can find they take on other people’s troubles. This can be very draining to a Piscean because they’re taking the weight of another’s onto their shoulders – hence their tendency to want to escape. It’s important for Pisces to realize that it is more than okay to be generous and help others, but it’s imperative they ensure their needs are being met and to stay centered. Meditation, writing, exercise, and creating art are all positive ways to express their emotions and release the ties to the outside world.
Due to their romantic, sympathetic nature, sometimes Pisces can become self-pitying or as others sometimes crassly call them, a “cry baby.” They can become easily dependent on others, especially when in a relationship, and become far too involved with other people’s problems. They can also be gullible, have a tendency to be depressed or overly moody, and due to their dreamy nature, can sometimes lose touch with reality. That balance – and creative expression – is key to recenter them.
When it comes to Pisces and food, Pisceans love delicate, gentle foods that have minimal processing and can connect them with nature. They sometimes have a sweet tooth, but generally need foods that balance them out, lift their spirits, and keep the moody blues at bay. This can come through with nuts like almonds, seafood, melons, seaweed, sweet potatoes, spinach, honey, and pears.
As I was developing this recipe, I wanted several things for this particular cocktail: I wanted to focus on those delicate flavors like honey and pear, and I also wanted to create something with a nod to the dreaminess of Pisces, which is why I rinsed the glasses with absinthe beforehand. Known sometimes as a hallucinogenic, absinthe is incredibly strong and can sometimes be used to enhance the senses and “trip out” so to speak. Because I don’t want Pisceans to get drunk out of their gourd, I only rinsed the glass with a touch of absinthe to bring out the sweet, subtle flavors of the honey and pear.
For this, you’ll simply combine some pear nectar or juice, honey, and whiskey in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice until combined. Pour into a highball glass with ice and garnish with pear slices. This drink is sweet but not cloying, delicate and refined with a touch of absinthe for that dreamy quality.
Happy Pisces season!!
- ⅛ teaspoon absinthe
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1-1 & ½ ounces Crown Royal whiskey
- 2 ounces pear juice/nectar
- Pear slices for serving
- Add the absinthe to your highball glass and gently swirl to coat the bottom and sides of the glass with the liquor. Discard any absinthe remaining.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the honey, whiskey, and pear juice and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until mixture is combined. Fill your highball glass with ice and strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnish with pear slices.
Gorgeous, light, ethereal, dreamy – I’m looking at you, Pisces cocktail!
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Have a super sweet day!