Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek
Drinks: Pear-Ginger Martini

Serves 6 to 8

The original recipe was published in the Colorado Springs Gazette, courtesy of The Broadmoor.  It called for either ginger simple syrup or ginger liqueur. I tried it both ways and found the one with simple syrup too sweet and the one with ginger liqueur too strong. I then tried using half of each and found it suited my tastes perfectly. 

2 cups Absolut Pears Vodka

1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup apple juice

1/3 cup ginger simple syrup

1/3 cup ginger liqueur

Combine ingredients in a pitcher.  To serve martini style, pour a single serving into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.  Strain into a chilled martini glass. I prefer it in a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice; it’s not quite as strong that way. 

Ginger Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar or honey

1 cup water

4 oz fresh ginger (roughly 10 inches), peeled and sliced thinly

Combine sugar or honey and water in saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir to dissolve.  Add ginger and simmer for about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (20 to 30 minutes).  Strain through sieve into glass jar.  Discard ginger.  Can be refrigerated for 4 to 6 weeks.  (Martha Stewart says 1 month, but I suffered no ill effects when I let it go longer.)