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Three cheers for this sweet and spicy take on the classic martini.

Ginger Pear Martini

  • Serving Size: Serves 1
  • Prep Time: More than 60 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Beverage
Ingredient Description:

For the ginger-infused vodka:

1 bottle (750 ml) unflavored vodka

1/2 c. fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped into 1/4-in. dice

For the cocktail:

1 jigger (1 1/2 oz.) ginger-infused vodka

1 jigger (1 1/2 oz.) commercially-prepared pear syrup

juice of 1 lime

1/2 c. ice

fresh pear or ginger slices for garnish

To prepare the ginger-infused vodka, combine the vodka and ginger root in a clean container.  (Reserve the vodka bottle for storing the infused vodka later.) 

Seal the container and store in a cool, dark place for 3 days, shaking or stirring occasionally.  After 3 days, pour the vodka through a strainer and discard the ginger solids. 

Return the strained, ginger-infused vodka to its original bottle.  Store infused vodka in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

To prepare the cocktail, pour all the ingredients into a martini shaker.  Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Strain into a chilled martini glass, rimmed with sugar. 

Garnish with 2 slices of fresh, ripe pear or 1 ginger slice.