Today is the first installment of a "Gezellig Hour", a cocktail series I have planned for the rest of the year. The changing seasons always provide a gentle push to putting in some extra hours in the kitchen/bar department, so every Friday I will share a new seasonal cocktail. Proost!
I love this time of year and last Sunday, I was hankering to create a cocktail that embodies the cozy and gezellig feelings of fall. Pear, sage and cinnamon are the stars of the show and the vanilla and brown sugar notes of spiced rum round the flavors out perfectly. Make the sage-cinnamon syrup ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for later use. Next time, I will double the recipe because it's so nice to have on hand!
(For the sage-cinnamon syrup)
1 jar of poached pears + the juice
3 tbsp turbinado sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp dried sage
1/2 cup water
(For one cocktail)
2 oz spiced rum
1/8 cup cinnamon sage syrup
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Fresh pear for garnish
1) In a small sauce pan combine pears, juice, sugar, cinnamon, sage and water. Bring to a boil, mashing the pears with the back of a wooden spoon, then simmer for 30 minutes, until the mixture has been reduced by half.
2) Use a fine meshed, strainer to separate the solids out from the syrup (I put the syrup back in the pear jar - perfect for storage), pressing the pears with a wooden spoon. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Your sage-cinnamon syrup is ready!
3) Place 1/8 cup of the syrup in a rocks glass, add juice from 1/2 a lime and 2 oz of spiced rum. Stir to mix and add ice if desired.