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.
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.