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Dirty Pear Toddy Recipe
I wrote this recipe originally in 2013 but have updated it in order to include it in my Favorite Falliday Recipes. Pears are lovely this time of year and a hot bevvy that really shows off the power of the pear is a fun party pleaser. Plus…bourbon!
RECIPE CRED: In order to make sure that I ended up with something resembling a hot, adult beverage and not just pear juice and bourbon, I referenced this Hot Apple Toddy recipe by Brian at A Thought for Food. Smart move by me.
- 3 Pears
- Your Favorite Bourbon (I’m out of my fav, so I used the Trader Joe’s brand).
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Lemon or Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbs. Loose Leaf Green Tea (optional)
- Cut one thin slice out of one pear, across the middle, to get a pear wheel. Generously squeeze lemon juice on the pear wheel and set aside to soak.
- Juice the rest of the pear with the other two pears. Keep some of the pulp from the juiced pears. This is what makes it “dirty”. 😉 If you don’t have a juicer, you can peel and blend the pears and strain some pulp out.
- Heat pulpy pear juice + cinnamon stick + green tea in a pot until it simmers. Stir occasionally.
- Take 2 tea cups/mugs or whatever you have and lightly drizzle with honey + 1 oz. of bourbon (more or less to taste). Squeeze in a touch more lemon, if you like.
- When ready to serve, cut pear wheel in half and place one piece in each cup.
- Pour about 3 oz. hot pear/tea juice through a strainer into the cups. Or strain first then pour. You just don’t want loose leaf tea to get in there.
- Enjoy while hot.
This recipe makes about 2 servings. Or 1 great one.
The verdict: Tasty.
Even the husband enjoyed his little cup ‘o toddy. The pear juice was so sweet, I bet this wouldn’t need honey. I like using cinnamon sticks because you get good flavor and aroma without dusty cinnamon bits.
The tea leaves added a nice depth of flavor as well but aren’t necessary. I’d stick with green teas with lighter flavors, personally. I couldn’t tell you what type of green tea I used because it was a gift from a friend who bought it in a foreign country. All I can say is, I’m fairly confident it was from India.
If you try out a pear toddy, let me know. I bet using a pear brandy in lieu of bourbon would be amazing also!