This cocktail from Philadelphia restaurant Talula's Garden is unlike any other Haymaker we've tried: vodka, ginger beer, and muddled pear make it tart and refreshing, perfect for sipping on a cool fall evening.
Enlarge Image Credit: Anna StockwellMAKES TWO COCKTAILS
ingredientsFOR THE GINGER SYRUP:
¼ cup sliced, peeled ginger
1 cup sugar
4 oz. vodka
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 pear, chopped, peeled, and cored (Anjou, Moonglow, Bosc, or any finely textured and fragrant pears are best)
Ginger ale, to top
instructions1. Make the ginger syrup: Combine sliced ginger, sugar, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain out ginger solids and discard, reserving syrup in an airtight container.
2. Divide chopped pear between two 12 oz. tall glasses; muddle in each glass with a wooden muddler. Pour 2 oz. vodka over the pears in each glass, and fill with ice. Add ½ oz. ginger syrup and ½ oz. lemon juice to each glass, stir to combine, and finish with ginger ale to top.