Saturday Sips at Six with Dianne Buckley

It’s Saturday Sips at Six…and tomorrow is more than just an Autumn Sunday – it’s Veterans Day!

I for one am so appreciative of the sacrifices that our Veterans and their families make for our country that I was inspired to create a cocktail to honor them – the Pearicano. Since Veterans and their families are the perfect pair, this combination of whiskey and sweet vermouth-soaked pears is a reboot of the classic Americano cocktail. Truth be told, the classic Americano is a combination of Italian liquors – but my Pearicano is most definitely all American!

A Veteran friend of mine told me that whiskey (especially Jack Daniel’s) is important to those deployed far from home – so Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey is the perfect base spirit for this Pearicano concoction. Middleburg’s own Mt. Defiance Cidery has a barrel aged, made from apple brandy, Sweet Vermouth that lends just the right support to this doubly mellow drink.

But wait – don’t forget the pears in the Pearicano! To decorate this Veterans Day drink, soak thinly wedged pears in the Sweet Vermouth for several hours or overnight to gently impart a lovely hint of Autumn!

The Pearicano
2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Double Mellowed Tennessee Whiskey
1 oz. Mt. Defiance Sweet Vermouth
Sweet Vermouth Soaked Pear Wedge

Pour ingredients into a rocks glass and sip slowly either neat or on the rocks. Whiskey and Sweet Vermouth may also be shaken with ice and served on the rocks with sparking water or club soda.


Dianne Buckley

A Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia native, Dianne graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Maryland. Her varied development, event planning and writing experience includes: working as a Production Assistant for an Advertising Agency in Virginia Beach; Director of Development for a Private Academy in Maryland; and Assistant Director of Annual Giving for a Law School in Washington, DC. As founder & owner of STAGED ENVY®, a Boutique Professional Home Staging & Interior Decorating Studio, Dianne creates stylish spaces for homeowners who are preparing to list their home for sale, or live in it more beautifully. She’s an Accredited Staging Professional®, ASP® and a Certified Interior Decorator® CID® who knows that great decor is in the details and requires a curated approach. She has staged and decorated small event spaces, offices and residences ranging from cozy condos to fine homes. Attracted by the “Best in Class” attitude of Loudoun County Residents, she moved with her family from Washington DC to Leesburg in 2010 and has never looked back. Her favorite pastime is spending time on the weekends relaxing around Loudoun with her husband and her Black Lab Kaya, chatting with her three daughters and Curating Signature Cocktails and Vignettes for Intimate Occasions.

Saturday Sips at Six with Dianne Buckley

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