I saw some tasty looking pears at the market last week. I needed to buy them. In fact, I needed to make a drink with them. A memory of Elizabeth Montgomery as Lizzie Borden popped into my head. When I was a kid, that movie started an obsession for me. I read every Lizzie Borden book our library had. One of her alibis included sitting in the barn loft eating pears. I knew what to do.
This drink includes pear simple syrup. Which means this isn’t something you can pull together in 3 minutes. The syrup should be made and cooled at least an hour before making your drink. I recommend the day before. This recipe will make enough pear syrup for about five or six drinks.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 oz vodka
1 oz pear simple syrup
1/2 oz apple brandy
lemon juice and rimming sugar (optional)
ice, shaker, strainer, saucepan
Place the sugar and half of the pear, roughly cubed, into a small saucepan over medium heat. Let the sugar begin to melt and the pears soften. Add the water and bring to a boil then simmer for about five minutes. Turn off the heat, cover, and let stand until cool. Strain into a clean jar or bottle to store in the fridge for up to a week.
Coat the rim of a cocktail glass with lemon juice and sugar. Add ice, brandy, vodka, and syrup to the shaker and shake it. Strain into the glass. Garnish with a slice of pear from the remaining pear half.