Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Cocktails Using Pear Cider Syrup

Fall Cocktails

After picking up some pear cider at the Migliorelli farm stand in the Hudson Valley, I made a pear cider syrup to use in cocktails. The syrup is easy to make, just put the cider in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and simmer until it is reduced to about a quarter of the original volume. The result may not be super syrupy, but the sweetness and richness is amped up.

Cocktail # 1

Glass: Old Fashioned or Collins
Ice: Two Large Ice Cubes
Garnish: Thin Slice of Pear

Ingredients
- 1 oz Tanqueray Old Tom Gin
- 1 oz Pear Cider Syrup
- 0.25 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
- Soda Water

Directions
1) Over ice, add first three ingredients to an old fashioned or collins glass and stir to mix.
2) Top with soda water and stir.
3) Garnish with a thin slice of pear (I didn't have one).

Cocktail #2

Glass: Cocktail
Garnish: Thin Slice of Pear

Ingredients
- 1.5 oz Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Bourbon
- 1.5 oz Pear Cider Syrup
- 0.5 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
- 0.25 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Directions
1) In a mixing glass, add the ingredients, add ice, and stir.
2) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
3) Garnish with a thin slice of pear (I didn't have one).

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