Spiced Pear Simple Syrup Recipe

This syrup is autumn in a bottle. Think about all the warming flavors of fall; cinnamon, ginger, clove married with the sweetness of pear. This syrup combines all those flavors and adds them to cocktails and mocktails for seasonal drinks to take the chill off. Add this syrup to hot or cold apple cider to spice it up, splash it into soda water for something refreshing or mix with spirits as you would simple syrup for a fall-inspired twist.

 

I used pears that were passed their prime, which are perfect here. Super juicy and a little mushy, they cook down and impart their flavor combining with the sugar and spice to make a thick syrup with a warm spiciness to accent anything you add it to. You could even sweeten your tea or coffee with this- I love this in a chai tea! The label is one that created from a piece of brown paper bag and decorated with rustic twine and a cinnamon stick, making this perfect for gifting.

 

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Spiced Pear Simple Syrup
4-5 fresh pears peeled and cored
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 piece ginger, peeled (about a 1″ piece)
3 pods of cardamom, smashed
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Chop and peel your pears, placing them in a pot to simmer with water, sugar and apple cider. Bring to a boil for a few minutes until the liquid starts to cook off and the pears start to break down into a mush. Take off the heat and cool. Strain the pear solids and remove. Simmer the remaining liquid with the spices and reduce until thick and syrupy. Recipe should yield about 2 cups of syrup. Cool and keep covered and refrigerated for about 3 months.

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