This festive seasonal cocktail was absolutely fabulous. My husband and I enjoyed it prior to our quiet Thanksgiving feast this year.
This recipe was adapted from Jamie Oliver via francoiselaprune.com. I poached thin slices of pear so that I could use them as a garnish. I may poach even larger slices next time. We preferred it with a little bit less alcohol so I noted a range in the recipe below.
The delicious pear syrup can be made in advance, making this perfect for Thanksgiving or a party. We used the leftover syrup to make more cocktails! 😉 It could also be drizzled over ice cream.
Yield: Makes one drink (plus additional Vanilla Pear Syrup)
For the Vanilla Pear Syrup: (makes enough syrup for approximately 10 drinks)
- 1 Bartlett pear, cut in half or quartered, cored, & cut into thin slices
- 200 g (7.1 ounces, 1 cup) granulated sugar
- 200 ml (7 ounces, scant 1 cup) water
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
For the Cocktail:
- 30ml (1 ounce, 2 T) Vanilla Pear Syrup
- 30ml (1 ounce, 2 T) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 44 to 50ml (1.5 to 1.75 ounces) vodka
- ice cubes
- poached pear slices, for garnish
- Add the pear slices, sugar, water, vanilla seeds with vanilla bean pod to a small saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Let the poaching liquid infuse and cool down for another 30 minutes.
- Strain through a fine wire mesh strainer, reserving the poached pear slices for garnish. Keep pear syrup in a jar in the refrigerator; it will keep for 5 days.
- Combine the lemon juice, vodka and 30ml of the vanilla pear syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass with ice.
- Garnish with a thin pear slice (or two).
Note: This cocktail was also wonderful with Meyer lemon juice. (I used the juice of my very first lemon from my Meyer lemon tree!) 🙂