Aren’t we sneaky? This is actually a recipe for Poached Pears, with re-purposed leftovers! No matter what the goal – the cocktail or the dessert, it’s a win-win for you!
Poached Pears in Riesling
4 pears, peeled
1/2 cup sugar
1 cups water
2 cups Riesling (or white wine of your choice)
2 cinnamon sticks
5 cardamom pods, crushed
Vanilla bean paste
Choose a pot that fits the pears comfortably. Bring the sugar, water, wine, spices and a hearty dollop of vanilla bean paste to a simmer and add the pears. They should be just covered with liquid.
Simmer the pears in the syrup for about 45 minutes or until softened. Cool and enjoy. Reserve the poaching liquid for cocktails! (Taste it first – if you like a more concentrated flavor, continue reducing it over heat until you love it.)
Pear & Bourbon Cocktail
makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces bourbon
6 ounces reserved pear simple syrup
Pour the bourbon and syrup into a Boston shaker. Add plenty of ice and shake shake shake! Strain and serve garnished with a cinnamon stick, or a slice of the poached pear.
On chilly nights, mix the bourbon and warm simple syrup in a mug. It’s delightful hot!