Perfect Pear

October 16th, 2014

After an intense heatwave, it finally feels like fall in San Francisco and I LOVE it! Sweaters are being worn, the oven is being used, and a trip to the pumpkin patch is in the works. Just as I eagerly hoarded berries in May (which, by the way are still at markets here), I’ve been scooping up pears, apples, and apple cider in utter excitement at the markets.

Turns out—surprise, surprise—I may have went overboard and found myself with a handful of super-ripe pears. When I know I need to use fruit fast, my mind always goes to cocktails. It means they’re tender and extra juicy—perfect for muddling. I used one of my favorite fall flavor combos—rosemary and cinnamon—with a muddled pear, a little lemon, and bourbon. Holy delicious, it hit the spot! The ingredients add a little of everything—herbal, spice, sweet, sour—without any of them feeling overwhelming. It tastes like fall and I couldn’t be any happier. Cheers!

Perfect Pear

makes one cocktail

1/2 ripe pear, cut into chunks1/4 ounce lemon juice

1/2 ounce rosemary and cinnamon syrup (recipe below)

1 1/2 ounce bourbon

cinnamon sugar, optional

slice of pear and rosemary sprig, for garnish

1. Pour a little cinnamon sugar on a rimmed plate. Run a lemon slice along the rim of your cocktail glass, then dip in the cinnamon sugar. Set aside.2. Muddle the pear, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker until the pear is no longer chunky.

3. Add the bourbon and a handful of ice, then shake for about 10 seconds.

4. Pour into your prepared glass through a small cocktail sieve to remove the pear solids (you may need to use a spoon to press the juice through the sieve). Garnish with a slice of pear and a rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

Rosemary and Cinnamon Syrup

makes about 1 cup

This syrup also tastes great in apple cider.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 rosemary sprig

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Add the cinnamon stick and rosemary and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Comments: 2 Total

  1. Eileen

    October 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This sounds like such a perfect way to drink the prime fall fruit! You have to love pears with bourbon. :)

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