Warm Pear Cider

I love natural serveware and had a fun idea about how to serve this calientito (warm drink): in a hollowed-out Asian pear! It’s much more charming and “green” than a plastic tumbler, and you can even nibble the pear when you’re done. The fusion of tequila with the trilogy of winter spices—cinnamon, cloves, and anise—is a warm and cozy combination that soothes both the throat and stomach. As you prepare this drink, your entire home will smell delicious, beckoning visitors. What a great way to welcome your holiday guests—with a delicately prepared Asian pear filled with the warmth of winter.

Recipe reprinted from Muy Bueno courtesy of Hippocrene Books, Inc, 2013.

Warm Pear Cider

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    3 1/2 cups pear nectar 4 whole anise stars
    1-2 cinnamon sticks 3/4 cups tequila gold or reposado
    3 whole cloves 4-6 Asian pears (optional)


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    • 1

      Combine pear nectar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and anise stars in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

    • 2

      Add tequila and stir to incorporate.

    • 3

      Cut off the pear tops and with a sharp knife carefully outline a rim on your pear cups. With a melon baller or a spoon, hollow out the pears making sure to leave about ¼ inch at the bottom and around the edges, creating a cup.

    • 4

      Pour warm nectar into pear cups and enjoy!

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