Melissa Perello’s Favorite Fall Cocktail
After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender's expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.
In the fall F&W Best New Chef 2004 Melissa Perello of San Francisco’s Frances drinks a cocktail called the Perfect Pear made with spiced apple cider, pear brandy, sometimes vodka and a little bit of lemon juice or orange juice. “I’m not much of a cocktail drinker,” Perello says. “But I like the rich flavor of the pear brandy, or Poire William in French—particularly François Peyrot pear brandy, that’s my go-to.”