While those dwellers of the Northern reaches may be all about hot chocolates and BBMs, Christmas is not called the silly season for no good reason. And in my part of the world, Christmas means heat and cool refreshing drinks to wash the days humidity away.
When I think Summer I think Mojitos. But for Christmas I wanted something special. Something with a hint of spice.
For your gustatory pleasure I present the following (it still needs a name, want to help me out naming it? Comment below!)
Pear Vodka, a hint of Festive Sugar Syrup, Mint and Ginger Beer muddled up to create a spicy, sweet, cool taste of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Pour, drink, enjoy.
It’s a fairly simple concoction but the clincher is the sugar syrup. Two cups of sugar, four cups of water, 1 cinnamon quill, 5 cloves, a teaspoon or two of ground nutmeg, simmered for a couple of hours on a low heat until thick and glutinous. You can prepare your sugar syrup days in advance and then keep it jarred in the fridge.
When the moment comes, dribble a teaspoon of sugar (or two if you have a particularly sweet tongue) with a shot of Pear Vodka and a sprig of mint into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Crush, mix, muddle, shake and pour into a short glass, top it off with ginger beer and a slice of pear to garnish.
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