Yesterday was the first official day of Fall – are you as excited as I am?
We still have another few weeks of heat before we get our “Arizona Fall”, but it is supposed to be under 100 all this week! I am hoping and praying it doesn’t get above 100 again until next spring. You see, September is a hard month for me – everywhere else in the country people are rejoicing for fall and enjoying pumpkin everything. Sometimes I just get jealous…there, I said it.
I will however, partake in the deliciousness that is this Spiced Pear Martini. First, I need to state for the record that this – this Spiced Pear Martini – is my favorite drink that I’ve made on Drink & Dish. That’s a pretty tall order since there’s been so many tasty drinks.
There’s just something about this martini that works for me. The combination of sweet pear juice with the warm spiced simple syrup just brings up feelings of fall. I’ll be posting the recipe for the spiced simple syrup later this week – trust me, you’ll want this in your fall recipe repertoire.
I chose to use a vanilla vodka in the martini for a little extra depth of flavor, but just a plain vodka will work in a pinch. Also, one quick note: star anise makes a gorgeous garnish for cocktails – especially if you’re entertaining – but it has a very intense flavor so I’d warn your guests before it gets too close to their lips (especially if they don’t like black licorice).
To go along side my martini Ari made some cute little pumpkin spice latte cheesecake cups. Go look at her pictures, she made them look kinda like mini Starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes. Without further adieu, here’s our latest episode of Drink & Dish!
- ¼ cup Cinnamon sugar (for rimming)
- 3 oz pear nectar, all natural & unsweetened
- 2 Tbsp spiced simple syrup
- 3 oz vanilla vodka
- 2 star anise (optional)
- Rim 2 chilled martini glasses with cinnamon sugar. Set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in pear nectar, simple syrup and vodka. Shake vigorously until contents are chilled. Strain into prepared glasses. If desired, garnish each glass with star anise.