On the first day of Holiday Cocktails, my true-love made for me…
…one vanilla pear cocktail!
I get it. ‘First day of Christmas, yada yada yada, a partridge in a pear tree’ the song goes. This is probably the thought string to feature the Vanilla Pear Cocktail on the first day of 12 holiday cocktails featured on my kitchen towel. My mom is visiting me for the month of December, and she discovered this towel in my holiday decorations storage bins as she prepared my home for holiday entertaining. Not really a spoiler alert, but the twelfth day features flutes of champagne, which we naturally associate with New Year’s Eve. So, the count back from December 31 has our ‘first day’ of cocktails beginning on December 20. This new blog may not officially post until December 21, so don’t let the publishing date fool you!!
And so it begins, my 12-day commitment to posting about 12 different cocktails…
First, the recipe (and photo) as I found it at: http://www.two-tarts.com/2011/09/vanilla-pear-and-vodka-cocktail.html
- 12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice
- 6 oz vodka
- 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- vanilla sugar, for rim
- 1 cup ice, plus more to serve over
“Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.”
I couldn’t find ‘pear juice’ at my local grocery store, so I took a 15 oz can of Del Monte lite pears and blended the entire can (juice and pears) with the Nutribullet® mixer. It was very smooth and not gritty at all. The white frothy look of my pear juice made it very holiday-looking!
Making the vanilla sugar for the rim is worth the extra effort. It is another nice touch for a festive looking presentation, and does give a nice aromatic during the sipping.
So far, the first day of cocktails is delicious and festive and easy to make!