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Manhattan Cocktail Classic celebrates a Cosmo cocktail

Roger Gross, mixologist at the Vesper Bar, dreamed this drink up as a twist on the classic sidecar.

Roger Gross, mixologist at the Vesper Bar, dreamed this drink up as a twist on the classic sidecar.

A festival of libations, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic celebrated its third year last week with more than 100 events at venues across New York City’s five boroughs.

The celebration might have ended at the city limits, but those celebrated did not. The Sordid A-Pear cocktail, imagined by Las Vegas mixologist Roger Gross, was named among the top 15 in the fest’s cocktail competition.

Gross works at the Cosmopolitan’s Vesper Bar, and his delectable drink is a twist on the classic sidecar. It includes a duo of liqueurs and a few eccentric ingredients (spiced fig and pear fruit butter, anyone?), so you might want to consider heading down to the Strip’s newest property to check it out ... that is, unless yuzu sour is a pantry staple of yours.

The Sordid A-Pear

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. ginger syrup

3/4 oz. Fuji apple puree

3/4 oz. yuzu sour

1 oz. Xante

1 oz. Blanche De Normandie

1 barspoon spiced fig and

pear fruit butter

Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Double strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Fuji apple slice wrapped with a lemon peel. Enjoy!

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