Now… this weather is more like it. We have been featuring spring cocktails for the past few weeks and finally it seems that the temps are catching up. This summer and spring we’ll be working a lot with simple syrups, teas and fruits. As the weather warms up even more you’ll discover some “chilling” cocktail recipes as well. We are having the best time trying out these recipes and making them into our own with special added touches. Who wouldn’t love playing mixologist at work?
This week’s cocktail is all about champagne. There are many ways to serve up champagne, but this week we wanted to feature a pear based champagne cocktail. It’s simple and quick to make. The fizzy pear champagne cocktail was inspired by the folks at Sweetest Occasion. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 bottle of chilled champagne
- 2 ounces of simple syrup
- 2 pear slices for garnish
Pear Simple Syrup
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 pear (peeled, cored and cubed)
First, we’ll need to create the base which is the fresh pear simple syrup. You can certainly purchase pear juice in the store or you can also create your own which is what we did. We added a peeled and cored pear into our juicer. You can also use a blender to make your pear juice base. In this case, you’ll want to also cube your pear and add a splash of water to it in the blender. Depending on the amount of servings you wish to serve, add more pears. Next, bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add sugar. Lower the heat to a simmer until the sugar has melted completely. Once the sugar has completely melted add your pear juice in. Let the mixture simmer for an additional 3 minutes to fully incorporate with the simple syrup. Then allow your pear simple syrup to cool and pour it into a mason jar. Chill the simple syrup in the fridge. Note: for a healthier option you can use honey in place of sugar to create your simple syrup.
To make the cocktail, we added the chilled pear simple syrup into chilled champagne glasses (about 2 ounces in each glass) and then topped each glass off with chilled champagne. To add a little glam to each glass, garnish it with a slice of pear and some fun sipping straws.
We served up the fizzy pear champagne cocktail in our handcrafted Twisted pink champagne flutes. The light pink color is perfect for the spring.