Sparkling Pear & Ginger Cocktail {Celebrating The Casual Veggie Cookbook Launch!}

Sparkling Pear Ginger Cocktail

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season for food. It may seem counter intuitive, what with the delicate flavors of spring, and the glorious produce of summer… but there is no other season that has the same punch of flavor that fall does.

While fresh herbs are still lingering on from summer, things like squash and root vegetables are at their peak, which means big bowls of butternut squash soup with sage and plates piled high with fresh autumn salads. Not to mention all the warm spices that come with fall cooking. By mid October, all I can think about are cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg.

Then there’s the fruit. Goodbye strawberries and peaches (until we meat again), hello apples, pomegranates, and pears. Sure, you might find these in the produce section year-round, but fall is when they really shine. And oh, how they shine…

Sparkling Pear Ginger Cocktail

Of all the things fall has to offer, I think pears are one of the most underrated. While pumpkins and apples get all the glory, I like to think pears deserve to be celebrated, too. And so, I’d like to propose a toast. To pears! And also, to something else that is close to my heart, and deserves a little celebration…

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The release of The Casual Veggie Cookbook (featuring recipes from your truly), which is officially available for download starting TODAY!

If you read my previous post, then you know how excited I am to share this with you. This isn’t just any cookbook… and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m in it. It is a collaboration of nearly 50 food bloggers, coming together to share over 150 of our favorite recipes, as well as tips for buying, storing, and prepping 29 of the most common veggies. This isn’t a diet-specific book (the recipes range from vegan to paleo, and everything in between), but rather, a resource to help inspire better eating, and provide answers to that age old question, “what the heck am I going to do with the second half of this butternut squash?” (Don’t worry, we’ve all been there!)

I can honestly say, I wish I had a cookbook like this when I was learning to cook. In fact, even now, there’s plenty I can learn from it!

You can find out more about the book here, or by going to the “Cookbook” tab at the top of the page. And if you’re interested in getting a copy, you can click here to go straight to where you can download it. (Bonus info: for every copy of the book sold through my site, a percentage of the proceeds go towards supporting my blog. So basically, if you buy a copy of the book, you will literally be putting food on my table and on the blog. Uh, yeah… If you do, please let me know so I can say THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU and give you a big sloppy internet hug, okay?!)

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To celebrate the release of the book, and all the hard work that’s gone into it, a bunch of us contributors are putting on a launch party potluck. I’m on cocktail duty, and this Sparkling Pear and Ginger number is my drink of choice. I’m going to get on with the recipe here, but don’t forget to check out all the other recipes being shared in the potluck at the end of this post, just below the recipe for this cocktail.

Now, let’s talk liquor, shall we?

Sparkling Pear Ginger Cocktail (Featuring Sage Art In The Age)

This cocktail spawned from my love of three things: pears, ginger, and this Sage liquor from a company called Art in the Age. I have been coveting their organic, small batch spirits for over a year now, wanting all the while to share a recipe with you, but never quite finding the time. Then as I found myself playing with the idea of a pear and ginger cocktail (two of my favorite fall flavors), all I could think about was how to add just a little something special to the mix.

All of the Art in the Age spirits (there are four that I’ve tried) have huge depth of flavor, which are great for sipping on their own, or mixing to create totally new, unique cocktails. This particular one has more than 15 organic ingredients, including sage, black tea, orange peel, rosemary, thyme, and fennel. The flavor is herbaceous and complex, but not overpowering, which was exactly what I wanted for this drink.

If you can’t find this particular alcohol, you could probably get by steeping sage, rosemary, or other herbs in a small jar of vodka for several hours before making this drink (experiment with steep time to achieve the level of flavor that’s right for you). You can also leave out the booze all together, for a fun twist on ginger ale. If you do have the chance to get your hands on some Sage Art in the Age, though, I definitely recommend giving it a try!

Sparkling Pear Ginger Cocktail

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Sparkling Pear & Ginger Cocktail {Celebrating The Casual Veggie Cookbook Launch!}
 
Sweet, herbacious, complex, and with just a touch of fizz. This cocktail makes for the perfect sipper, or can be made sans the alcohol for a fun twist on homemade ginger ale.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2 cocktails
Ingredients
  • For two cocktails:
  • 3 oz. pear nectar
  • 2 oz. Sage liquor (from Art In The Age)
  • ½ oz. ginger syrup (recipe below)
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger ale or sparkling water, to taste
  • Slices of pear, for garnish
  • For the Ginger Syrup (makes about 2½ cups):
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh ginger (no need to peel it)
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. For the ginger syrup:
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the ginger, sugar, and water. Place over high heat, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, and let steep for anywhere from 5-15 minutes, or until the syrup is as strong as you like it -- the longer it steeps, the stronger and spicier the ginger flavor will become.
  3. Stir in the lemon juice, then strain the mixture into a jar. Let cool, then refrigerate. Syrup can be kept for up to a month.
  4. For the cocktails:
  5. To a cocktail shaker with ice, add the pear nectar, sage liquor, ginger syrup, and lemon juice. Shake briskly, then strain over ice. Top off glasses with ginger ale, or sparkling water, to taste, and garnish with slices of fresh pear.
Notes
If you can't find the sage liquor, you might be able to produce something similar enough for this cocktail by steeping sage, rosemary, or other herbs in a small jar of vodka for several hours. If you can find it, however, I think it's definitely worth trying. This cocktail can also be made sans the alcohol, and is still mighty tasty!

The ginger syrup is one of my favorites for mixing drinks both alcoholic and non. Try mixing it with this blackberry simple syrup (recipe here: http://www.willcookforfriends.com/2014/08/blackberry-soda-with-homemade-blackberry-syrup.html) gin, and lime juice, or just stir 2-3 oz into a glass of sparkling water for homemade ginger ale.

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Grab your copy of The Casual Veggie Cookbook here, and check out all the other drink and appetizer recipes being shared by my fellow Casual Veggie bloggers via the links below! Cheers!

 

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25 Responses to Sparkling Pear & Ginger Cocktail {Celebrating The Casual Veggie Cookbook Launch!}

  1. Ruth October 21, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    Congratulations on the cookbook!! How exciting!!
    This recipe looks delicious. I am always drawn towards drinks with pear in them.

    • Willow Arlen October 21, 2015 at 1:12 am #

      Thanks, Ruth! I actually think this might be the first pear cocktail I’ve tasted. Such an underrated fruit!

  2. Ellen October 21, 2015 at 7:50 am #

    Thanks for this link to buy the wonderful “Casual Veggie”. I can’t wait to get veggie-cooking as I LOOOVVVVVVEE veggies! Hope I downloaded correctly so that you are credited:)
    With love and blessings …E

    • Willow Arlen October 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ellen!!! Yes, you did it right. I hope you enjoy the book!

  3. grace October 21, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    this sounds like a cocktail i might actually like! what unique ingredients. :)

    • Willow Arlen October 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks, Grace! I’m not a big drinker usually, but this is really nice for sipping on (and can always be made without the booze, too). :)

  4. Adina October 22, 2015 at 2:29 am #

    This sounds really good, I am also not much into drinks, but if I like something than is something like this. :)

  5. Rachel @ Delicious Balance October 22, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    This looks amazing! And perfect for a cozy fall night in the Mitten :) Sage liquor?!?! Yum!

  6. Brie @ ToasterOvenLove October 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Beautiful recipe! I’m with you on the pear love, they’re like the peaches of fall so wonderfully delicious during their season. I’ve never had a pear cocktail but one with lemon and ginger syrup sounds like something I could drink all night :)

    • Willow Arlen October 22, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

      Thanks, Brie — you are so right, pears are the peaches of fall! I had never had a pear cocktail, either, but am so glad I decided to give it a try!

  7. Sarah | Well and Full October 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    What a beautiful and festive way to celebrate TCV coming out!! :D

  8. Kate October 26, 2015 at 8:21 am #

    Wow! I love the sound of this cocktail! I’ve never heard of that liquor, but I’m going to search it out. This sounds like a great drink for Thanksgiving. :)

    • Willow Arlen October 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      Thanks, Kate! You’re absolutely right, this would be great for Thanksgiving!

  9. shannon @ a periodic table November 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    WILLOW! i am so totally proud of you for being a part of this cookbook, girl! And say no more about this cocktail: i’m IN, because the whole pear/ginger/sage situation you have going is probably one of my all-time favorite flavor combos…so perfect, really anytime of year, but definitely right now and during the winter.

  10. nicole (thespicetrain.com) December 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    This cocktail sounds fantastic and the photography is gorgeous, such beautiful light and shadow interplay, I love everything about it. Well done, Willow! :)

  11. Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon December 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    Hello! I hope you’re having a good week. These are some yummy looking pear cocktails! They looked so tasty that I’ve linked to them my latest post on BuzzFeed. I’m still waiting to see if it will be promoted, so it would be great if you could stop by and upvote it, and also share it on your social media! Here’s the link: http://www.buzzfeed.com/annemariewalker/16-delicious-reasons-you-should-drink-somthing-fiz-20ib5 Have great day! :)

    • Willow Arlen December 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

      Thanks, Annemarie, I’ll check it out!

  12. Jennie @onesweetmess December 16, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    A cookbook… How exciting! I’m all about the veg love, and I adore all things fall–especially pears. This is a gorgeous cocktail, and now I’m going on the hunt for that sage liquor.

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