Snappy Pear Cider
This recipe was a collaboration of between the family on Thanksgiving. We were looking for a drink that the entire family would enjoy, and have varying degrees of potency. My mother bought ciders from whole foods, pear, apple and cranberry and we were going to mix them with dark rum. I came across Art in the Age while I was searching for some ideas on what to mix with the ciders decided upon ingredients I came across Art in the Age.
I had heard of Art in the Age before, as a hipster artisan liquor company they make historical liquors. Right now the selection includes Snap, Rhubarb, Root and Sage. So far I have tried Snap and Root. Snap is based on the old fashion taste of a ginger snap cookie, the real black strap molasses kind. My mother is literally obsessed with these cookies, so I knew we had found our replacement for the dark rum. She provided us some store bought ginger syrup and we enjoyed these throughout the day on Thanksgiving. By far, our favorite combo was with the pear cider.
For this recipe I made my own ginger syrup, since I wanted something a bit more potent in taste than the store-bought kind. Plus it's almost never in stock, so it was imperative I learned how to make it myself.
Happy Thursday Y'all!
HOMEMADE GINGER SYRUP
- 1 cup peeled and chopped fresh ginger
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
Add all your ingredients in a non-reactive pan (aka: a good solid stainless steel pan). Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Keep it on simmer for at least 40 minutes. Use a spoon and cool the liquid on the spoon when you think you are ready. Make sure it is nice and sticky but not too much that you can't pour it. Remove and let cool. Store in a glass gar.
SNAPPY PEAR CIDER COCKTAIL
- 1 part ginger syrup
- 2 parts snap
- 4 parts pear cider
Fill large pint size glass with ice, add all ingredients, stir and enjoy! Try your own combos of cider like we did ... I am partial to the pear, because it lets the ginger flavor come out, but the crab-apple is also quite good.