A splash of bourbon or gin would turns this sweet drink into a seasonal cocktail, but they’re great even alcohol-free.
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups tap water
- 2 whole pears peeled, cored and diced
- 20-25 fresh sage leaves
- Bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium heat, then turn down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved completely.
- Add the pears and sage, then simmer until the entire mixture has reduced by half, about 1 hour.
- Let cool and pour over sparkling or soda water.
- Add booze if you want.
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