Freshly muddled pears pair beautifully with the floral hints of gin and St-Germain liquor to create an appealingly light cocktail with hints of pear, lemon, and earthy sage jumping out of the glass. Brightened with a homemade sage infused honey syrup that brings a touch of sweetness to the glass and top it off with a splash of soda water to create the perfect spritz.
Herbed syrups offer an easy way to add fresh flavour. They are quite simple and easy to make and can be made ahead of time if desired. Bring 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of honey to a slow boil and reduce to simmer. Once simmering toss in a couple of fresh sage leaves to soak into the warm mixture and infuse their beautiful essence of delicate herbal notes into the syrup.
St-Germain is such a beautiful subtle french liquor made from fresh elderflower blossoms. The floral aromas add depth and complexity to this cocktail which makes it great to pair with gin which is also a flower based alcohol.
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1. To make the syrup: in a medium saucepan, bring to a slow boil water and honey. When boiling reduce to simmer and add sage. Let simmer 10 minutes. Transfer to a glass jar to cool.
2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle a handful of pear cubes. Add gin, st germain, lemon juice, syrup and ice. Shake for 15 seconds.
3. Add ice to fill your glass. Strain cocktail into glass, top with soda and garnish with pear and sage.