Boy do I need a cocktail right now, this has been quite a week, and it is not over yet. I have 100 things running around in my mind right now, having a party in my head. When life gets so crazy like this, it is hard for me to even think about cooking – yet I power through it, and more often than not, it actually relaxes me. The sizzle sound the hot pan makes when I add something to it, the caramelization that occurs, and then the smell…there is really nothing better.
It is pear season, pretty much the tail end of it here in the Pacific Northwest. My husband is the pear connoisseur of the family – he knows exactly the variety to buy, and when the pear is at its peak of ripeness to eat. I am not a huge pear fan, but occasionally the pears will be so ripe and delicious, I can’t resist a little bite. Making cocktails is like cooking to me, I love creating something new all the time. So when I saw this recipe in Cooking Light, I had to give it a try. It was delicious – I used a comice pear that had more than enough juice for the recipe below – and the juice was so sweet, I only used half the agave syrup. This cocktail was light and refreshing yet perfect for this time of year. Go ahead, it is almost Friday – give it a try – and cheers to tiring out the party going on in my head so I can actually relax…
- 1 medium Bosc pear
- 2 tablespoons citrus-infused vodka
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup (or sugar syrup)
- 3 tablespoons har apple cider or cidre doux
- Pear slices
Shred pear; place pulp on several layers of cheesecloth. Gather edge of cheesecloth together; squeeze over a glass measuring cup to yield 1/3 cup juice. Discard solids. Combine pear juice, vodka, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and agave syrup in a martini shaker with ice; shake. Strain about 3 tablespoons vodka mixture into each of 2 martini glasses. Top each serving with 1 1/2 tablespoons hard apple cider. Garnish with pear slices.
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