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.
Yield: makes 2 Cocktails
For the Ginger Syrup
- 1⁄4 cup sliced, peeled ginger
- 1 cup sugar
For the Cocktail
- 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
- 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.
- 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.