Here is my new favorite alcoholic beverage courtesy of the Jan 2009 (really, are we there yet?) issue of Fine Cooking Magazine.
Pear Sidecar (serves two)
1/2 cup Pear Brandy (I use Clear Creek Distillery's Williams Pear Brandy)
1/4 cup triple sec
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
2 thin strips lime zest
Combine the brandy, triple sec, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into two chilled martini glasses. Twist the lime zest into spirals and drop one in each glass.
So, I skip the zest, just use the juice of 1 lime, and shake in whatever glass I have handy. This is a strong drink with the brandy that I use, but it is verrrrrrry good. If the brandy was cheaper, I could get in a lot of trouble with this one.