Pear Sidecar with Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini
Leigh Beisch

This sweet (but not too sweet) drink should be made one at a time in a cocktail shaker. Energetic shaking and a proper drink-to-ice ratio—possible only in a shaker—are key: The ice dilutes and softens the cocktail, encouraging the otherwise sharp flavors to meld together. Prep Time: 10 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour brandy, pear juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup over ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Strain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with sliced pear. Serve immediately.

Step 2
2

Notes: To make simple syrup, cook 1/2 cup each sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture turns clear; cool before using. Can be kept, covered and chilled, for 6 months.

Step 3
3

Nutritional analysis is per cocktail.

Ingredients

 1/4 cup pear brandy
 2 tablespoons unsweetened pear juice or nectar
 1 tablespoon lemon juice
 1 tablespoon simple syrup (see Notes)
 1 or 2 slices fresh pear, about 1/2 in. thick

Directions

Step 1
1

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour brandy, pear juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup over ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Strain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with sliced pear. Serve immediately.

Step 2
2

Notes: To make simple syrup, cook 1/2 cup each sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture turns clear; cool before using. Can be kept, covered and chilled, for 6 months.

Step 3
3

Nutritional analysis is per cocktail.

Pear Sidecar