Pear of Hearts is a spicy, sweet drink with hint of lush fruit flavor. The spiced ginger gives nice fragrance to the drink. It’s also yummy to nosh on as a little candied treat.
Crystallized ginger is sometimes difficult to find locally. Williams Sonoma carried the product years ago during the holiday season. I’ve never found it there again. Stores that carry gourmet items might have it, but the easiest way is to order it online. Isn’t that the way it always is!
Amazon carries a handful of crystalized ginger products, but the one that is most similar to what I prefer to use is this Dried Crystallized Ginger. It’s flexible rather than hardened like some dried ginger. There is a nice sugar coating on it that heightens the spice of the ginger. It’s also super easy to stick a cocktail pick through it since it is not completely dried out. I’d say the consistency is comparable to a gummy worm.
Pear of Hearts Recipe
Pear of Hearts – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
1-1/2 ounce Blackheart Spiced Rum
3/4 ounce Xante
1 ounce Apricot Nectar
1/2 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
Crystallized Ginger Garnish
Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with crystallized ginger.
Xante is a cognac pear liqueur. For more information about Xante, read Chris Carlsson’s review at Spirits Review.
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