I love it when a cocktail is seasonal and festive. This Pear Gin Fizz recipe is perfect for the Fall, while pears are in season, and would make for a festive drink to celebrate the holidays with!
The star ingredient of this beverage is the pear simple syrup. If you’ve never made your own simple syrup, it’s quite easy. All you need is equal parts sugar and water, bring to a light boil, and then let cool to room temperature. For a flavored simple syrup, you just toss in your other flavors – think herbs, produce, spices, etc. This syrup calls for chopped pear and fresh rosemary – it’s sweet and subtly herbaceous. The rosemary also gives it those festive holiday vibes!
The fun part about this recipe is you can save the leftover pear as a topping for something delicious – think pancakes or waffles, oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, or ricotta toast. This week, I placed some of the pears on top of pumpkin oatmeal for a touch of sweetness and extra Fall bonus points.
If you’ve never had a gin fizz before, you’re in for a treat. I love its characteristic fizz – the frothy consistency on top is such a delight as you take your first sip. And that silky foam is all thanks to the egg white. Can’t handle the idea of an egg in your drink? How about aquafaba? That’s right, the leftover liquid you drain from a can of chickpeas, turns out, has the same ability to create a foam. I’ve tested it both ways and I have to say that the foam is on point either way.
The key though to getting that gorgeous silky foam is doing a dry-shake of all the ingredients first, which simply means shaking all the ingredients without ice. The warm temperature helps to build the foam, and then you can add ice for that final shake to ensure your cocktail is refreshingly cold.
Cheers to a fun, seasonal cocktails to celebrate the holidays (or any special night!)!