The Pear Haymaker: Fall Fun Has Just Begun

Well, here we go… a chill is in the air, and the leaves are changing color as they begin to break away from their branches. Fall is here, and with the change of seasons comes thoughts of warm food, cozying up around fireplaces, and, of course, parties and seasonal get-togethers. Regardless of your party’s theme, the location, or the kind of food you serve, it’s always important to have a great cocktail that will delight your guests while celebrating the beauty and bounty of the fall season. We’ve found one that fits the bill.

The Pear Haymaker

For a refreshing, fruity cocktail with a great kick, serve the Pear Haymaker at your next party. It’s an aesthetically-appealing drink that, with a little advance preparation, will be a great change of pace from the standard fall fare:

Ingredients (for two cocktails)

  • ¼ cup of peeled and sliced ginger
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 oz. of vodka
  • 1 oz. of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored, and chopped into small chunks (Use any fragrant pear you wish—Bosc or Anjou are good suggestions.)
  • Ginger ale (for finishing/topping)

Directions
1. First, make the ginger syrup:
Combine ginger, the sugar, and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature
Strain ginger solids, discard, and reserve syrup in an airtight container
2. Divide the chopped pear between two 12-ounce glasses
3. Muddle pear in each glass with a small wooden muddler
4. Pour 2 ounces of vodka over the pears and fill with ice
5. Add ½ ounce of ginger syrup, and ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice to each glass; stir to combine
6. Finish each glass with ginger ale as a topper

What Pairs Well
This cocktail goes best with appetizers or tapas (small plates). Don’t be afraid to pair it with fried foods—the kick from the fresh ginger and the fizz from the ginger ale cut through the fat perfectly. Try one of these suggestions:

Crispy fried calamari rings
Papas Rellenas (fried potato balls stuffed with seasoned beef or ground chicken)

Final Thoughts
The Pear Haymaker is really worth trying at your next party—it is original and fun, and the freshness and slight sweetness of the pear is a great complement to the kick of the vodka. Your guests will really love it. And remember, while you’re in the midst of your party planning, you don’t have to go it alone. Raising the Bar, with its premier mobile bar rentals in Atlanta, can make your planning and hosting a breeze. With our expertise in everything from suggesting custom menus, to serving, to the cleanup, your next party or corporate function is sure to be the talk of the town for the rest of the fall season.