Pear-Ginger Simple Syrup
- 1 ½ cups, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup chopped pear
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger (about one-inch)
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- pinch of kosher salt
Slice the pear and ginger. I used Asian pear, but any type will work.
Place 1 tablespoon of sugar in a saucepot with the pear and ginger. Cook down for about five minutes, until tender.
Add 1 ½ cups sugar, water, cinnamon stick and salt to the pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. If you want more intense flavors, you can let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.
Strain the liquid twice to remove the fruit and cinnamon stick. Pour the cooled mixture into a bottle or pitcher.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add 1 ounce of Pear-Ginger Simple Syrup, 2 ounces of vodka or gin. Top and shake until the shaker is cold to the touch. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pear slice.