I love to incorporate seasonal fruit into cocktails. It’s a fun and easy way to enjoy the flavours of the season (check out the Drink Archives for other ideas including Peach Sangria and Strawberry Mojitos). With a little creativity, autumn drinks can involve more than just apple cider (although I do love a good cider as well!). For those who don’t speak much French, ‘la poire’ means ‘pear’.
This recipe calls for pear-flavoured vodka. Both Grey Goose and Absolut make pear vodkas, however, if you’d rather make your own version, you can try this recipe from eHow.com: How to Make Pear Infused Vodka. The rosemary-black pepper syrup sounds a bit odd but it’s subtle and adds an interesting note to the drink.
Makes 2 drinks
- 4 oz. pear flavoured vodka
- 2 oz. Rosemary-Black Pepper Simple Syrup (see below)
- 4 oz. pear juice (Ceres brand pear juice is readily available at many supermarkets)
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 2 pear slices, for garnish (optional)
- 2 sprigs rosemary, for garnish (optional)
- Black pepper, for garnish (optional)
- Ice cubes
Rosemary-Black Pepper Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- A sprig of fresh rosemary, about 4″ long
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
To make the syrup:
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, rosemary and black pepper. Heat the mixture on medium-high and stir to dissolve the sugar. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Remove the rosemary sprig once cool and use the syrup as desired. Extra syrup will keep in the fridge for a few days.
To make the cocktail:
- In a martini shaker, add a few ice cubes, vodka, simple syrup, pear juice and lemon juice. Shake well and strain the drinks into martini or low-ball glasses.
- Garnish drinks with a pear slice, a rosemary sprig and a light sprinkling of fresh pepper if desired.