La Perla Cocktail Drink

La Perla

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Looking for a fun cocktail to brighten your evening? You’ve got to try this La Perla Cocktail recipe! It’s a tasty drink, easy to make with some unique ingredients.

La Perla Cocktail Recipe

This easy La Perla cocktail recipe perfectly matches a cool fall evening! With tequila, pear liqueur, and sherry, it's a drink you'll love.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

211 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Reposado Tequila
  • oz Manzanilla Sherry
  • ¾ oz pear Liqueur
  • Lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Martini Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer for a few hours or fill it up with ice cubes before starting.
  • Add Manzanilla Sherry: Pour 1½ oz Manzanilla Sherry into the mixing glass.
  • Add Pear Liqueur: Measure and pour ¾ oz pear Liqueur into the mixing glass.
  • Add Reposado Tequila: Add 1½ oz Reposado Tequila to the mix.
  • Add Ice: Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Reposado Tequila: If you don't have reposado tequila, you can use blanco tequila for a sharper, more agave-forward flavor or anejo tequila for a smoother, oakier profile.
  • Manzanilla Sherry: Fino sherry is a good alternative if you need help finding manzanilla; it's slightly less salty but still has that dry, nutty character. Dry white wine could also work in a pinch, though it won't have the same depth of flavor.
  • Pear Liqueur: Apple liqueur can be used as a substitute for pear liqueur, giving the cocktail a different but equally delicious fruit note.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of reposado tequila, 12 oz of manzanilla sherry, and 6 oz of pear liqueur.
  • Mix: Combine the tequila, sherry, and brandy in a large pitcher with some ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual chilled martini glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Reposado Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands on the market mimic the flavor of tequila without the alcohol.
  • Manzanilla Sherry Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic dry white wine or grape juice with a splash of vinegar to mimic the acidity of sherry.
  • Pear Liqueur Substitute: Use pear juice or non-alcoholic pear cider instead of pear liqueur.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The La Perla cocktail is naturally vegan, containing no animal products. However, always check your ingredients' labels to ensure they're vegan-friendly. Some brands may use animal products in their production processes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
211
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Potassium
 
31
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.03
g
0
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

La Perla Cocktail Drink

La Perla Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This easy La Perla cocktail recipe perfectly matches a cool fall evening! With tequila, pear liqueur, and sherry, it's a drink you'll love.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 211

Ingredients
 

  • oz Reposado Tequila
  • oz Manzanilla Sherry
  • ¾ oz pear Liqueur
  • Lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Martini Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer for a few hours or fill it up with ice cubes before starting.
  • Add Manzanilla Sherry: Pour 1½ oz Manzanilla Sherry into the mixing glass.
  • Add Pear Liqueur: Measure and pour ¾ oz pear Liqueur into the mixing glass.
  • Add Reposado Tequila: Add 1½ oz Reposado Tequila to the mix.
  • Add Ice: Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Reposado Tequila: If you don't have reposado tequila, you can use blanco tequila for a sharper, more agave-forward flavor or anejo tequila for a smoother, oakier profile.
  • Manzanilla Sherry: Fino sherry is a good alternative if you need help finding manzanilla; it's slightly less salty but still has that dry, nutty character. Dry white wine could also work in a pinch, though it won't have the same depth of flavor.
  • Pear Liqueur: Apple liqueur can be used as a substitute for pear liqueur, giving the cocktail a different but equally delicious fruit note.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of reposado tequila, 12 oz of manzanilla sherry, and 6 oz of pear liqueur.
  • Mix: Combine the tequila, sherry, and brandy in a large pitcher with some ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual chilled martini glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Reposado Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands on the market mimic the flavor of tequila without the alcohol.
  • Manzanilla Sherry Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic dry white wine or grape juice with a splash of vinegar to mimic the acidity of sherry.
  • Pear Liqueur Substitute: Use pear juice or non-alcoholic pear cider instead of pear liqueur.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The La Perla cocktail is naturally vegan, containing no animal products. However, always check your ingredients' labels to ensure they're vegan-friendly. Some brands may use animal products in their production processes.

What is a La Perla Cocktail?

A La Perla Cocktail is a tequila-based cocktail made of reposado tequila, sherry, and pear liqueur. This cocktail is relatively easy to make as it only requires the three ingredients and basic bartending skills such as measuring and stirring.

A side shot of a La Perla cocktail in a martini glass on a wooden coaster placed on a wooden tray surrounded by a jigger, a bar spoon and a white cloth

What is a La Perla Cocktail made of – The ingredients

A La Perla Cocktail requires these specific ingredients:

  • Tequila: The primary spirit in the cocktail, it provides a robust, earthy base.
  • Pear Liqueur: Adds a sweet, fruity note to balance the tequila’s strength.
  • Manzanilla Sherry: Adds complexity and depth to the cocktail.

Reposado Tequila, Manzanilla Sherry, and Pear Liqueur laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a La Perla Cocktail?

Create your own La Perla Cocktail using our easy-to-follow steps:

1
<p>Start by chilling a cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and letting it sit while you prepare the cocktail.</p>

Start by chilling a cocktail glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and letting it sit while you prepare the cocktail.

2
<p>In a mixing glass, pour in 0.75 ounces of pear Liqueur. This sweet, fruity liqueur adds a touch of sweetness and a hint of pear flavor to the cocktail.</p>

In a mixing glass, pour in 0.75 ounces of pear Liqueur. This sweet, fruity liqueur adds a touch of sweetness and a hint of pear flavor to the cocktail.

3
<p>Add 1.5 ounces of Manzanilla Sherry to the mixing glass. Manzanilla is a variety of fino sherry made around the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and it adds a dry, slightly salty note to the cocktail.</p>

Add 1.5 ounces of Manzanilla Sherry to the mixing glass. Manzanilla is a variety of fino sherry made around the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and it adds a dry, slightly salty note to the cocktail.

4
<p>Next, pour 1.5 ounces of Reposado Tequila. Reposado Tequila is aged in oak barrels for two months to a year, giving it a golden hue and a smooth, woody flavor.</p>

Next, pour 1.5 ounces of Reposado Tequila. Reposado Tequila is aged in oak barrels for two months to a year, giving it a golden hue and a smooth, woody flavor.

5
<p>Stir the ingredients together with ice. This not only chills the cocktail but also helps blend the flavors.</p>

Stir the ingredients together with ice. This not only chills the cocktail but also helps blend the flavors.

6
<p>Once the cocktail is well mixed, discard the ice from the chilled cocktail glass and strain the cocktail into the chilled glass.</p>

Once the cocktail is well mixed, discard the ice from the chilled cocktail glass and strain the cocktail into the chilled glass.

7
<p>Finally, garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist. This adds a touch of elegance to the presentation and gives a hint of citrus flavor.</p>

Finally, garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist. This adds a touch of elegance to the presentation and gives a hint of citrus flavor.

History and Origin of the La Perla Cocktail

The La Perla Cocktail, a delightful blend of tequila, sherry, and pear liqueur, has an intriguing history that adds to its allure. The story begins with Jacques Bezuidenhout, a renowned mixologist who is the mastermind behind this unique concoction.

In the early 2000s, Bezuidenhout worked at Tres Agaves in San Francisco. This place was famous for its extensive collection of tequilas. Bezuidenhout’s passion for mixology and exposure to various tequilas inspired him to experiment with different combinations.

One day, he paired tequila with sherry, a fortified wine from Spain. He found that the earthy tequila flavors perfectly complemented the nutty notes of sherry. To add a touch of sweetness and complexity, he introduced pear liqueur into the mix. Thus, the La Perla cocktail was born.

Bezuidenhout named his creation “La Perla,” which means “the pearl” in Spanish. The name reflects the elegance and sophistication of this cocktail. It also pays homage to the Spanish origins of sherry.

A La Perla cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a beige surface surrounded by Reposado Tequila, Manzanilla Sherry, and Pear Liqueur

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FAQ

How many calories does a La Perla cocktail contain?
A standard version contains approximately 150 to 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol used and the size of the pour.
How strong is a La Perla cocktail?
The strength can vary based on the ratio of ingredients, but typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-25%. This translates to about 40-50 proof, making it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a La Perla cocktail?
A traditional version uses three types of alcohol: reposado tequila, pear liqueur, and manzanilla sherry. The tequila provides a robust base, the pear liqueur delivers a fruity sweetness, while the sherry adds complexity and depth to the flavor profile.
In which glass is a La Perla cocktail typically served?
Typically, bartenders serve the cocktail in a chilled coupe or martini glass. This type of glass helps maintain the drink's temperature and allows for easy sipping.
What does a La Perla cocktail taste like?
A La Perla cocktail offers a unique blend of flavors. The reposado tequila brings warmth and earthiness, while the manzanilla sherry imparts nutty and slightly salty notes. Additionally, pear liqueur adds sweetness and fruitiness to balance the other components.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a La Perla cocktail?
The classic ratio is 1:1:½, meaning equal parts reposado tequila, manzanilla sherry, and half part pear liqueur. This results in a balanced and harmonious flavor profile.
How is a La Perla cocktail typically served?
A La Perla cocktail is usually served 'up,' meaning it's stirred with ice and then strained into a glass without ice. This method helps to chill and dilute the drink slightly, enhancing its flavors.

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