Pear & Rosemary Martini
This lovely story begins one day as I was wandering the wine store of Trader Joe’s. I say “wine store”, because for some crazy reason, Minnesota does not allow the sale of alcohol with any food products. Therefore, shopping for dinner and grabbing wine has to be done in two transactions – in two different stores. I know, it’s crazy to any of you that live in states where everything coexists together. Even worse is the fact that alcohol can’t be served on Sundays! How does one survive? I’ve grown so accustom to never having to plan out whether I have wine for the weekend or not, that the month we spent in Minnesota was quite a challenge for this spoiled girl…. does this make me an alcoholic? Eh, who knows. For now, I’m going to pretend it doesn’t.
I’m digressing. Where was I? Oh yes, the wine shop in Trader Joe’s – a great place to pick up liquor at a relatively inexpensive price. As I was about to check out, this lovely, slender bottle caught my eye. Just look at that label. It seems to radiate sunshine and lazy days by the lake – yes, it’s strange, but that’s what comes to mind. You can make fun of me all you want. There’s so much happiness in the colors, so I knew I had to take this bottle home with me.
Prairie Vodka is a relatively new vodka on the market; started in 2008 by 5th-generation spirit makers and distilled from 100% organic corn. Best part about this company is that they’re made in Minnesota. My heart is bursting with pride! Minnesota has come a long way in the beverage market and this vodka is their reigning star. They also make a Cucumber-Vodka and a stellar Gin. Both are amazing!
I was pretty excited to see how this vodka would taste, as I rushed home to start my planning. Would I go with a super fruity drink or something straight up with an olive? None of those grabbed at my heart until I came upon a really old recipe for a Pear Martini.
Pears are slowly starting to show their face in the farmer’s markets, as their season starts in late summer and runs to early winter. This would be the perfect drink to start this season right! With a few tweaks to the recipe, I’ve discovered my new drink of choice. Check out the recipe after the jump.
Can we say Christmas martinis? I will definitely be serving this drink during the holiday season. Possibly search out edible glitter to add some sparkle to the rim of the glass.
- 1 cups sugar
- 1 cups water
- 4 rosemary sprigs
- 6 tbsp rosemary syrup
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cups pear juice
- 2/3 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup sugar for dipping rim of glass
- 2 sprigs rosemary for garnish
- Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium sized sauce pan, stirring regularly. Once sugar is dissolved, add the rosemary sprigs. Reduce heat and simmer ingredients for 2 minutes. Do not over-cook rosemary, as it will create a bitter flavor. Remove rosemary sprigs and allow to cool.
- Lightly coat the rim of 2 martini glass with lemon juice. Dip each glass into a shallow bowl filled with sugar.
- Mix the rosemary syrup, lemon juice, pear juice and vodka in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Strain mixture into the martini glasses and garnish with rosemary sprigs