Today I stray briefly from the usual standard topics of babies, five year olds, work, and lactation, to the more unusual and eclectic subjects of alcohol, underwear, and magazine gluttony.
Over a year ago, I was reading a magazine and I saw an add for pear vodka. I am not sure what magazine it was, maybe InStyle, or Vanity Fair, or maybe Living, but probably not. I suspect it wasn't in ReadyMade, or Cooking Light, and definitely not Shape. (I have a slight magazine addiction, made worse by my desire last year to exact revenge on my mailman by subscribing to heavy magazines.)
Now, I am not a flavored vodka drinker, and not easily swayed by magazine alcohol advertising. I am mostly a wine drinker; occasionally I have beer. Although there were a few years (way back) when we declared a Drink of the Summer. Such as the Summer of Corona, the Summer of Vodka (unflavored), and Dave claims we had the Summer of White Russians. The fact that I don't remember that at all, leads me to believe it might be true.
So it was odd that over a year ago, I saw an advertisement for Pear Vodka and thought, "Yum!" But before I could put down my magazine, hop on my bike, and ride to Liquor Mart, I found out I was pregnant. Shortly thereafter, while fake drinking and pretending to have a back injury that would preclude me from mountain biking during a trip to Fruita, I was introduced to a drink called A Pear of Panties. Or maybe Pear O' Panties. Pear a Panties? Regardless, it looked and smelled delicious. Sigh, it was not to be at that time.
Days and weeks and months past until this past weekend: pear vodka reentered my life. We had friends over for dinner, the same friends with whom I concealed my pregnancy many months before by fake drinking, yet mysteriously turning down the enticing Pear of Panties. I said, "Don't bring anything! We have everything we need." But my eyes lit up when I saw that green bottle.
All this is to build anticipation, what, what, you ask, what is the recipe for the Pear of Panties? Well, I don't really know, having not been paying attention when the drinks were made, nor did I ask for details after the fact. But I do know this: Ice, Pear Vodka, 7-Up. And for a Pink Pear of Panties, add a splash of cranberry. Yum. Enjoy.