Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fresh Pear Rosemary Martini Recipe

I recently picked up a beautiful rosemary plant from my visit to Little Prince of Oregon Nursery.  I planted it up and now have it in my house during the cold winter months.

Last night, I had a group of girlfriends over for cocktails and appetizers.  Now that it is after the holiday season,  I am sick of Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate and Eggnog.  I still wanted to make a cold weather cocktail and thought a Fresh Pear Rosemary Martini was just the ticket.

I like to keep my cocktail recipes simple.  I prefer to use only 3 or 4 ingredients because it cuts down on prep time and cost.  I typically research a handful of recipes, then come up with my own that is simple and easy to replicate   I also prefer to make my cocktails in a pitcher if I am having guests over.  I don't want to be a slave to the shaker all night!  Most recipes don't offer a pitcher recipe, so again, I needed to improvise.

Using my favorite Corona herb shears, I clipped off 5 sections about  4" long.  (I was given these shears at the IGC Show in Chicago last summer at the #GardenChat event and don't think I will ever part with them!)
Making infused simple syrup is much easier than it seems.  I combined 1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar and 5 springs of rosemary.

Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan.  Constantly stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved (about 30 seconds).  Remove the saucepan from heat, add rosemary and let in steep for at least 30 minutes.  Discard rosemary.
I had some left over pears from a Harry & David's gift box we received, so I was able to use their exclusive Royal Riviera Pears, which are delicious!  

I removed the skin and core, cut them into 1" pieces and put them in my blender for a Pear Puree.

Pear Puree Recipe:
makes 1 cup

Three pears
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp. water
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Process these to a smooth puree in a blender or food processor.  It is suggested to strain the puree through a fine sieve, but I didn't have one, so I just skimmed the top of the puree with a spoon.

Fresh Pear Rosemary Martini Recipe for a Pitcher
makes 4 servings

1 cup pear puree
1/2 cup rosemary simple syrup
1 cup vodka (I used Grey Goose) 

I added ice cubes to the pitcher just before serving.  I also included a bottle of sparkling water to the table in case someone wanted to add a little fizz to their drink.

It is easy to double this recipe for a larger crowd.  I highly recommend giving this recipe a try, especially at this time of year. It makes for a perfect, light and fresh drink to share with your friends!

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