Ginger aPEARitif

How about combining vodka, ginger, pears, and lemon for a most refreshing and clean-tasting holiday aperitif? Dressing up any tasty libation with a touch of bubbly makes it even more festive in my mind.

Pears seem to be replacing apples these days as the seasonal holiday fruit. Juicing pears with other fresh ingredients gives this holiday aperitif a luscious frothy appearance and consistency. I’ve attempted to craft the perfect holiday cocktail and the results have been surprisingly delightful. The pears provide just the right amount of sweetness and the ginger adds a subtle holiday zest.

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I’m no expert mixologist, but I do know that the difference between a good drink and a great drink isn’t just about the booze—it’s also about the ice.  Big cubes are the latest trend in any respectable cocktail bar these days due to their slower melt rate (less overall surface area). No one wants their spirits watered down. These King Cube silicone molds are ideal for keeping your cocktails well chilled after they’ve been slightly diluted in the shaker.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup ice
16 oz of pear, apple, lemon, and ginger juice (4 large pears, 1 large apple, 1 lemon, and a large inch of ginger)
3 oz vodka of choice (approximately 2 shots)
King sized ice cubes, optional
Splash of Prosecco, or sparkling wine

Instructions

Juice together the pears, apples, ginger, and lemon.

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Combine ice, fruit juices and vodka in a shaker.

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Drop one or two king ice cubes (or regular ice) in a rocks glass.

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Shake well and strain mixture into the glasses. Top with a splash of Prosecco.

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Garnish with thinly sliced pears and/or Italian Luxardo cherries. Cheers!

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Yield: 4 cocktails (double as needed)

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