Contrary to popular belief, bourbon does not need to be made in Kentucky (though some of the best bourbon certainly does come from the Bluegrass State). By law, it only needs to be made in America. For a U.S.A. sip that's perfectly sweet and spicy, make this cocktail, which can be served warm or chilled depending on your mood—and the weather outside!
- 1 canned pear in light syrup, halved
- Dash cinnamon
- 1/2 part ginger liqueur
- 1 1/2 parts wheated bourbon (we like Maker's Mark)
- Lemon peel, for garnish
- To serve warm: In a tea cup or mug, microwave pear half with 1 spoonful syrup and cinnamon until warm (about 25 to 30 seconds). Stir in ginger liqueur and bourbon, and garnish with lemon peel.
- To serve cold: In a rocks glass, combine pear half with 1 spoonful syrup and cinnamon and stir. Add ice and stir in ginger liqueur and bourbon. Garnish with lemon peel.