Experimenting with cocktails in the summer is as easy as a trip to the fruit stand. Smelling ripe fruit at the market instantly brought ideas for new refreshments but not all fruit lend themselves well to being pureed. If the fruit is not particularly juicy or if it's very fibrous, I find it more efficient to let the beverage department of my supermarket help me out.
2 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Unsweetened pear juice
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Ginger syrup (recipe below)
3 Sprigs of thyme
Combine the ginger syrup and the thyme in a cocktail shaker and muddle together. Add the vodka, pear juice and lemon juice. Fill with ice and shake well. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
|Fresh ginger and the ginger syrup|