Ring in the New Year with this light and festive drink. Fresh pear, green tea, and lavender flavors combine in this verdant cocktail that delights the senses. Garnish with pomegranate seeds to give this gorgeous green drink an added pop of color.
1/3 USA Red Anjou pear, cored and coarsely chopped (do not peel)
1 1/4 ounces pear vodka, such as Grey Goose La Poire or Absolut Pears
1/2 ounce pear liqueur, such as Clear Creek Pear Brandy or Aqua Perfecta Pear Eau de Vie
3/4 ounce green tea-infused simple syrup (see below)
1 ounce pear juice, such as Santa Cruz Organic Pear Nectar
Dry Soda-brand Lavender soda
Pomegranate seeds, to garnish
Put pear chunks in shaker and fill half full with ice. Muddle until pear is broken down. Add pear vodka, pear brandy, green tea syrup and pear juice and top with ice. Shake well, until very cold, and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Finish by filling glass with lavender soda and adding 5 or 6 pomegranate seeds.
To make green tea syrup: Bring 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water to boil in small pot. Remove from heat and add 2 green tea bags. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain and chill.