Spiced Pear Brandy Sidecar


Yields 2 cocktails

            For the cocktail 

3 oz. Brandy

1.5 oz. pear simple syrup* 

1 oz. lemon juice 

Cinnamon sticks, garnish 

            *For the simple syrup 

1 cup water 

1 cup sugar

1 pear, cubed 

½ tablespoon ground ginger 

1 cinnamon stick 

1 pinch ground nutmeg 


For the simple syrup. In a 2-qt sauce pan, heat water, sugar, pear, ginger, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the syrup has thickened. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer, keeping the pears and discarding the cinnamon sticks, into a heat proof container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Yields roughly ½ a cup of syrup. 

For the cocktail. To an empty shaker, add the brandy, mixer, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Add ice to the shaker and shake for roughly 5-7 seconds for the flavors to blend together. Pour mixture into prepared coupe glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a cube or two of the poached pear from the syrup. Serve immediately.