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Author Notes: I wanted a cocktail that would work happily for any Fall/Winter holiday. You will likely be left with extra pear syrup, which can be poured over ice cream or yogurt, on hot cereal, or to make a kid friendly version of this cocktail. As for the Vanilla Bourbon, I keep a small bottle of bourbon full of a few vanilla beans for cocktails and baking. It's a good way to get extra use out of vanilla beans, if a recipe calls for just the scrapings. It also makes for a nice gift. —Cristina Sciarra
Makes 1 cocktail
- 2 medium pears
- 1/4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 cup sugar (golden if you have it)
- 1/2 a vanilla bean, scraped
- tiny pinch of sea salt
- Wash and dry the pears. Peel and core them; move the peels and cores directly into a medium-sized pot. (You can save the pears for snacking.)
- Fill the pot with enough water to cover the peelings. Add the nutmeg, the cinnamon stick, the sugar, the vanilla bean, and the salt, and then give the whole thing a stir, so the sugar dissolves. Simmer the peelings on medium-low heat for about 1 hour, or until the syrup runnily coats the back of a spoon. (The syrup shouldn't be too, too thick--you are just looking for a concentrated flavor).
- Strain out the pear peelings, the cinnamon stick, and the vanilla bean. Cover the syrup (You can transfer it to a bottle) and chill.
Vanilla-Pear Bourbon Cocktail
- 3 teaspoons Vanilla-Pear Syrup
- 1.5 ounces Vanilla bourbon (or regular bourbon)
- .5 ounces amaretto
- .5 ounces poire eau de vie
- 1/2 tablespoon Meyer lemon juice
- a dash of lemon bitters
- a splash of soda water
- spiced pear jam (optional)
- vanilla sugar (optional)
- Add the first 6 ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake, shake, shake, until the drink is thoroughly chilled. Pour the drink through a strainer, and into a glass. Top with soda. Enjoy!
- If you want to be fancy about it, thin out a little spiced pear jam with water. Brush it along the rim of the glass, and then dip into vanilla sugar.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Vanilla
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