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Ginger-Pear Punch

You can’t have a party without a cocktail! The best kinds are the ones you only need to make once and have a whole lot of it. I actually thought of this recipe when my brother and his now wife were asking for a signature cocktail for their wedding. And of course, I thought of something too complicated instead of a simple two-ingredient drink their bar was looking for.

This Christmas party was now the perfect time to test it out, and of course, I made my own pear juice!

Ginger-Pear Punch

Ginger Simple Syrup

  • 1C Sugar

  • 1C Water

  • 4 Tbsp Freshly Grated Ginger

  • 1 Tsp Salt

  • Pear Cores

  • Fresh Pear Juice

  • 9 Pears

  • 4 C Water

For Punch

  • 5 C Pear Juice

  • 4 C Gin

  • 1 C Ginger Syrup

  • 1 L Tonic

  • ⅔ C Lemon Juice

  • Frozen Pears for Garnish

Yields 20 Servings

We are going to start by first slicing a single pear into rings, these are going to be our garnishes for the punch. Place them in an airtight container and lay out some tinfoil before beginning another layer to prevent them from sticking together. Freeze overnight.

On the day-of peel and chop all 9 pears, place a few cores in a small saucepan with sugar, water, salt, and ginger. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until all the sugar has dissolved. Stir occasionally.

Blend your pears with water in batches until smooth. Using a fine mesh strainer separate the juice from the pulp. Use two different bowls for this step and do it in batches. I ended up dropping all the pulp back into my juice on my third batch and had to start over. It was a mess and since I was on a bit of a time crunch I was less than pleased. Sometimes for the sake of time, we skip steps, then something inevitably goes wrong. That skipped step probably could have prevented the disaster and instead, we are sent even further backward. And it’s beyond frustrating.

The pears should produce about 5 C of juice, put it all into your large punch bowl. To your juice combine gin, lemon juice, and all of your simple syrup. Top with tonic to add some wonderful bubbles.

I gave all my glasses a green sanding sugar rim for a festive touch and opted to put my ice in a bucket beside the punch to not water the drink down as the night went on. If you want help keeping the whole bowl cool you can use those frozen pear slices we made the day before, or simply add them to each drink as your guests arrive.

Drink and be merry!

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