A simply spiced cocktail is garnished with a beautiful brûléed pear for smokey sweet flavor that a cold evening deserves.
The Brûléed Pear Cocktail is simple and sweet with a hint of spice from classic fall flavors like cinnamon and clove. An elegant brûléed pear slice garnishes this playful fall cocktail, though you can use a plain pear slice if you don’t have a torch.
If you can, sip this outside with crunchy leaves under your feet, sitting in front of a bonfire, or listening to your favorite fall music.
The Brûléed Pear CocktailRachael White
For the Toasted Pear Simple Syrup:
- 1 pear cut into thick slices
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon
- 1 cup water
For the cocktail:
- 3 ounces rum
- 1 1/2 ounces toasted pear simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 2 slices of pear for garnish
- To make the simple syrup, put the pear slices, cinnamon sticks, and cloves in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Without disturbing the pear slices, toast them on one side for about 3 minutes or until they begin to turn golden brown. Flip and toast on the second side.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the sugar over the pears and spices and stir until it begins to melt and caramelize just a bit. Carefully add the water and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Continue to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the liquid reduces by about half.
- Pour the syrup through a strainer into a glass jar or liquid measuring cup. Set aside to cool.
For the cocktail:
- Begin by bruléeing the pear slices. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Using a torch, melt the sugar until it is golden and bubbly. Allow to cool slightly.
- While the slices cool, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the rum, lemon juice and simple syrup and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a bruléed pear slice.
Rachael writes recipes for foods that are simple, comforting and delicious. Whether you are cooking for your family or having friends over for dinner and drinks, you’ll find recipes here to fit any occasion. From cocktails to appetizers, desserts and entrees, the recipes you will find here incorporate Rachael's desire for Midwestern comfort food, love of International cuisine, and need for dishes that don’t take hours to make.