Here's an easy and delicious non-alcoholic drink, perfect for any party, especially around the holiday season. If you're looking for something a stronger, you can easily top it off with your alcohol of choice!
Makes 4 servings
2 cups Asian pear juice, freshly pressed**
2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed (juice of 1 whole lemon)
3/4 cups honey
1/4 cup sugar
2 sprigs Rosemary plus more for garnish
4 cups Seltzer
1. Make the syrup: Heat pear juice, lemon, honey, sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugars dissolve, about 5 minutes. Add rosemary and remove from heat; let stand for 30 minutes, allowing syrup to completely cool and flavors to infuse. Discard rosemary sprigs and ginger slices. Syrup can be made ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
2. Assemble the cocktail: Fill a glass halfway with ice. Add 3 tablespoons syrup, and top with 1 cup seltzer water. To serve, garnish with rosemary sprigs, sliced pears or sliced lemon.
**To make the pear juice, it takes about 1 pear to make 1 cup of pear juice. Depending on the size of pear you find, you may find that you'll need to use more than 2 pears to get 2 cups of pear juice! If you have a juicer, this will be the easiest method. But if you don't, you can still extract the juice using a blender! Simply peel, core and blend the pear until you've got a puree, then strain the juice over a bowl.