Spiced Pear Cocktail with Rosemary Recipe

2020-10-27

Warm up a romantic fall evening by the fire with this sweet and spicy cocktail! Choose ripe Bartlett or Comice pears for the syrup. For a non-alcoholic version, mix the pear syrup with club soda. Serves 2.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 1½ oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 2-3 oz. pear syrup (depending on how sweet you like your drinks)
  • 1½ oz. lemon juice
  • 2 small sprigs rosemary
  • 2 large or 3 small ripe sweet Hale Groves Pears, chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise pod
  • Lemon zest, 3″ strip

Directions

  1. Combine water, wine, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and lemon zest in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce to a simmer. Add pears and cook until pears are soft and liquid becomes syrupy (about 30 minutes).
  2. Remove from heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean glass jar. Discard solids and chill syrup until ready to use.
  3. Combine vodka, Lillet, lemon juice and pear syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; sake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
  4. Strain into 2 cocktail glasses. Twist rosemary sprigs to release the oils and use to garnish each glass.
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