This month we celebrate the British pear coming into season

We love to use British seasonal produce, so this month we are showcasing the pear with our cocktail of the month!  British pears are available from September through to January with eight varieties to choose from, ranging from the classic lunch box Conference pear to the Anjou pear which is commonly used to cook and bake with.  So why not buy local and try out this tasty autumn tipple? The perfect cocktail to get the party started with a sweet fizz!

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Ingredients

Spiced Pear Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 pear, cored and cut into pieces

3 star anise

2 cardamom pods


Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

2 ounces gin (I used Nolet's Dry Gin)

1 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 large egg white (or 1 ounce pasteurized liquid egg whites)

3/4 ounce Spiced Pear Simple Syrup

1-2 ounces club soda

star anise for garnish

Recipe

Directions for Syrup

First mix water, pear, sugar , star anise  and cardamom pods in a small sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Make sure to stir to dissolve sugar.

Simmer over low heat for around  five minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Strain out all the spices and pear and store extra syrup in the refrigerator.


Directions for Fizz

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add gin, egg white, lemon juice and syrup mixture to cocktail shaker.

Replace lid and shake for 15 seconds or until shaker becomes frosty.

Strain into cocktail glass and top with club soda

Garnish with star anise, and serve.