It’s finally fall and your farmers market is abundant with the summer’s bounty of fruit, particularly apples and pears. I have this love/hate relationship with pears that I don’t think I can win. When good, a pear is the best fruit possible. Of course, a pear is at its peak for perhaps all of 90 minutes.
How to save that precious pear flavor? You can follow one of the many recipes to make pear vodka. Or, for these imbibing purposes, simply purchase a great pear vodka. And then concoct this lovely cocktail. The popular St.-Germain liqueur is matched with champagne, sugar, and lemon juice. This a lively beverage that will bubble over your tongue, the ideal accompaniment to a fall Sunday brunch. Sip and watch the falling leaves.
Pear Vodka, St. Germain and Champagne Cocktail
Yield: 1 cocktail
- Lemon slice
- Superfine sugar
- 2 ounces pear vodka
- 2 ouces St. Germain elderflower liquor
Use a wide-rimmed cocktail glass, a marigarita glass. Run the lemon slice around the edge, and then dip into the superfine sugar.
Place the vodka and St. Germain in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into the rimmed glass and top with champagne.
For garnish, a lemon or lime slice is fine, or add a sprig of herb to complement the elderflower liquor.
Source: adapted from About.com
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When it comes to salads, you can become stuck in a tragic rut. Different ingredients may go into the bowl, but do you just put the same dressing on them, night after night after night? Even the best salad dressing or vinaigrette can become a bit tired. You need variety in your life. Of course, you don’t need disruption either. You want need a vinaigrette with a difference that is quickly made and long enjoyed.
Now, it does happen to be fall and we do have apple cider readily available. Here’s an apple cider vinaigrette that you are sure to love. And what do you put it on? Boston lettuce with a bevy of pear slices, perhaps with some finely diced scallions and herbs, does it for Suzen and me. Nothing can top the sweet, delicate flavor of a fall pear. Literally, pearing the wonder of fresh apple cider and pears is a seasonal experience that makes you forget that all those leaves are gone. Or waiting to be raked. Or waiting for the next storm to toss them far, far away.
Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Yield: 1 ½ cups
- 1 cup of apple cider
- 3 tablespoons fresh shallots, diced
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
- ½ cup olive oil
Place the cider, shallots, vinegar and mustard in a bowl. Whisk to mix. Gradually pour in the oil while continuing to whisk. Create an emulsified mixture and use pour immediately over your salad ingredients.
Source: A great website I can’t find again. Sorry, Brian.