10 Pear Cocktails to Brighten Your Holiday Spirit

Hailed as a “gift of the gods” by the Greek poet Homer in his epic The Odyssey, the venerable pear has graced civilizations for more than four thousand years. For a chunk of that time, crafty folks have been incorporating the fruit into their alcoholic beverages. Like other fruits, pears are a delicious and creative ingredient, and it’s no surprise that mixologists jump at the chance to include them in their libations. Even though there are plenty of reasons to eat pears for their nutritious value, there are also reasons incorporate pears into more fun parts of the menu. Whether muddled, juiced, mixed, pureed, shaken or stirred, pears present countless possibilities as a cocktail ingredient. Because it’s the holiday season as well as pear season – not to mention National Pear Month – we figure there’s no better time to Continue reading

The Pearfect Refreshment

My favorite meal of the week is undoubtedly Sunday brunch on the patio with dear friends and a delightful summer breeze. After a hard week of work and before the next one begins, who doesn’t like to indulge in a scrumptious meal and a brunch cocktail? So, I’m always on the lookout for a way to indulge without going overboard on calories. Recently, I had the pleasure to try a Pearllini at a friend’s house – a fresh take on the traditional Bellini. And it was simple! He peeled a fresh, ripe Anjou pear, blended it into a delightfully smooth consistency, gently poured in Prosecco, and garnished with a pear slice. Not only was it lovely, but I liked mine with a good dose of pear puree, cutting down on the alcohol calories while adding a refreshing dose of fruit! Continue reading