This slightly sweet and sparkling pear cocktail from Canadian Living is perfect for celebrating any special occasion.
1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
2 Bartlett or Bosc pears, peeled
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
3 oz (85 g) pear brandy, such as Poire William
1 bottle (750 mL) sparkling wine, chilled
- Using paring knife, halve vanilla bean; scrape out seeds and add to sugar, rubbing with fingers to combine. Set aside in shallow dish.
- Using small end of melon baller, scoop out pear flesh to make 18 balls; toss with lemon juice. Strain, reserving juice; set aside.
- Moisten rim of 6 chilled champagne flutes with reserved juice; press rim into vanilla sugar to coat.
- Drop 3 pear balls into each glass. Pour 1 tbsp brandy into each; top up glasses with sparkling wine.
From Canadian Living Magazine: December 2013
Yield: 6 servings