Pear Champagne Cocktail

Need a great Pre- Thanksgiving dinner drink that will balance the salty foods? Try something sparkly and fruity!

This “first course” champagne cocktail will be a great addition to your appetizers.


Pear juice

Lemon Juice

Champagne or sparkling wine

Star Anise for garnish.

Start with Pear juice! Available at New Seasons and other natural foods stores. In a medium-large pot get the pear juice boiling. Reduce heat to medium and let the pear juice boil for about 20+ minutes. Measure how much juice you put in to start. When you think it’s reduced to 1/3 the original amount, pour (carefully) into a liquid measuring cup to check the volume.

When you have a reduction that’s 1/3 the original volume, pull off the heat and cool. It’s a good idea to do this in advance so you can chill your reduction before combining with other ingredients.

When you are ready to serve your cocktail:

In a champagne flute or wine glass add 3/4 oz of pear reduction and 1/2oz lemon juice (juice from about 1/2 a lemon). Top with champagne or sparkling wine and garnish with star anise or a lemon peel. IT’S THAT EASY!!

You can also substitute sparkling water for the sparkling wine for a nice Non-Alcoholic version.