It’s about time we raised a glass to Mr. Makishi here at Boxes and Booze. His challenging Japanese style puzzle boxes are known around the world for their craftsmanship and complexity. This particular box of mine has a picturesque lighthouse painted on the lid. Since lighthouses are used in modern times to warn sea travelers about treacherous rocks and jetties, it seemed safe enough for us to enjoy this deliciously tempting tipple in honor of the box, the Siren’s Song. Hopefully the lighthouse will keep us safe. The drink was created by New York startender Meaghan Montagano, bar manager at Michelin starred La Sirena, to compliment St. George Spirits amazing Spiced Pear Liqueur. The drink is richly layered thanks to the base of anejo tequila, and sweetened with one of St. George distillery’s many unique and outrageously good offerings. Their Spiced Pear Liqueur carries notes of cinnamon and clove which compliment the ripe Bartlett pear flavor. The walnut syrup adds warm under tones and the cinnamon syrup places this drink firmly in the decadent category. I’ve spiced things up even further by using Soltado, an anejo tequila which has been infused with serrano pepper and more cinnamon. Be careful – once you head this Siren’s Song you may never go back. Here’s to temptation, in moderation, with a lighthouse to guide the way back to safety. Cheers.


Siren Song by Meaghan Montagano

1 ¾ anejo tequila (I used Soltado)

¾ St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur

½ oz walnut liqueur

1 bar spoon cinnamon syrup

1 dash smoke bitters (I used Black Cloud Charred Cedar)

Lemon peel garnish

Stir together with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Keep an eye out for mermaids and keep your lighthouse handy.


For more about the magnificent Mr. Makishi and his boxes see:

Boxes and Booze: To the Lighthouse - Part I