How was your Halloween weekend? As much as I look forward to this holiday, I also look forward to it being over! I love all of the decorating leading up to it, carving pumpkins, costume selections and “some of” the stress that goes along with that (itchy costumes, doesn’t fit right, don’t have the right shoes or the right accessories)…..do you know what I mean!? That is when a pear martini comes in handy!
Pears are in season and they are in such abundance that I thought I would share one of my favorite fall drink recipes with you, plus a few other ways to enjoy this delicious fall fruit! I guess I could have made a pear crisp, pear upside down cake, poached pears, but it just felt like a pear martini was in order for this past weekend! Don’t you think? 😉
This is a yummy drink to sip on while making Thanksgiving dinner, or a nice cocktail to offer friends who are coming over for a fall dinner. It’s super easy, delicious, and a great way to use up some of those pears before they go bad!
Let’s get started!
This will /should be enough for 2 cocktails, unless you like an overflowing cocktail, which I understand.
1 large Bartlett or Anjou pear…. peeled, cored, and cubed.
As a substitution, you could also use pear juice or pear puree, which is sold at most stores, if you don’t want to deal with peeling-coring-blending.
1/2 cup of cold water
2 TB fresh lemon juice
1 tsp Simple Syrup
2 oz pear vodka
Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. It will not be completely smooth if you are using fresh pears as the puree tends to be a bit pulpy. Don’t fret…it’s still very good!
When you have the puree, pour into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and pour into a chilled martini glass.
Do you like to add pears to your salad? I just think they are a wonderful addition to greens, especially greens that are more on the bitter side. They add a sweet little bite to an otherwise boring salad. We have salads so much in our house that I’m always trying to find something delicious and unexpected to add to them. I also like the addition of goat cheese with the pear, and walnuts or some type of nut is always good too.
Apples and persimmons would also be a nice addition this time of year.
Pears on a water cracker with goat cheese, or your favorite cheese, is always a quick and easy appetizer. With the holidays fast approaching keep some water crackers on hand for a quick appetizer. In case you need some holiday appetizer inspiration, here is a post I did on goat cheese from a few months ago.
Are you a pear lover? How do you like to use them?
Thanks for stopping by! April