Pear and Sage Sazerac

I’ve been on the search for the perfect fall cocktail recipe, and the other day, inspiration struck and I came up with the idea of a pear and sage sazerac. I made a small batch of sage simple syrup, and a puree with some pears from our CSA box. What followed was a delicious cocktail reminiscent of New Orleans, with just enough sweet and herby flavor to be a fall standard.

Pear and Sage Sazerac

  • 1-2 ounce bourbon (depending on your preference)
  • Splash of Pernod or Absinthe
  • 1 bunch fresh sage
  • 4-5 drops bitters
  • 1-2 pears
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Begin by combining equal parts sugar and water (I did 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup for a small batch of simple syrup), bring to a boil until it begins to thicken (it should stick a bit to the back of spoon) and remove from heat, stir in 1 bunch of sage and let sit for 30 minutes to an hour. After it’s had a chance to sit, remove the sage leaves.
  2. Peel and core 1-2 pears (depending on how much puree you’d like), put in a steamer basket and steam for 10-12 minutes or until you can prick them easily with a fork. Once they are cooled, cut and place into a blender with some lemon juice and puree.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 TBSP pear puree, 1/2 ounce sage simple syrup, a few additional sage leaves, and muddle. Add 4-5 drops of bitters, and 1-2 ounces of bourbon (I prefer 2, but then again, I live in Williamsburg), and ice. Shake and strain* into a glass and garnish with a sprig of sage.

*The pear puree can get a bit thick towards the end, if this bothers you, I’d suggest straining through a cheesecloth.

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Cocktail Hour: Drink Pink

Even though I don’t tend bar to help pay my bills right now, I still often find myself missing the art of mixing up a wonderful cocktail. In the summertime, my roommate always makes me muddle up Mint Juleps, make pitchers of Drunken Palmers, or blend up a potent margarita, but in the winter our drinking is more restrained to dark beers and hearty, red wines.

However, with my recent batch of infused vodkas, I’ve suddenly been inspired to start experimenting with cocktails again. I decided to whip up a batch of pink drinks in honor of Valentine’s Day. These were super simple, with only three ingredients, but be careful, they are super sweet and pack quite the punch!

Drink Pink
1 and 1/2 oz vanilla vodka (you can use a home infusion, or buy one)
1/2 oz Dekupyer Pomegranate Liquor
Raspberry flavored soda water to taste 

Mix the liquors in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously (I prefer the classic two-handed shake!)
Stain the liquors into a martini glass and top off with raspberry soda water.
Garnish with a cherry, strawberry, or pink gummy!

*I apologize for the picture quality. This week has been hectic and it’s led to me waiting until I have absolutely no light in my apartment before I seem to be taking any photos!