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The Brûléed Pear Cocktail

Rachael White
A simply spiced pear cocktail is garnished with a beautiful brûléed for smokey sweet flavor that a fall evening deserves.
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail
Servings 2 cocktails

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.