Rosemary + Pear Sparklers (and a really yummy appetizer spread)

A festive cocktail paired with some tasty appetizers, family or friends and a little cookie decorating are the perfect way to enjoy the holiday. 

Living in Portland, you are in no shortage of a really good cocktail (or food, according to the new Washington Post article). So, I typically opt for wine at the house and wait to have a good mixed drink when I'm out. 

But since it's Christmas and I'm already certain I've gained about 5 extra pounds, I decided to make a healthier cocktail to pair with appetizers and let's just say, I was quite impressed. Sometimes home is my favorite restaurant.
a portland local, gluten free appetizer spread.

NW Local Appetizer Spread

New Cascadia baguette
Chop meats
King Harvest hummus
And a mix of Oregon and Washington cheeses

Rosemary + Pear Sparklers
makes about 6 cocktails

Gin (or Vodka if you prefer)
2 pears
1 1/2 oz of lemon juice
Maple syrup
5 sprigs of rosemary


To make the puree:

In a blender, add in...

Peeled and sliced pears
1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh rosemary
1 1/2 oz of fresh lemon juice

Puree well and set aside or pour in a glass.

To prepare the drinks...

Fill a martini shaker with ice.
Pour in 1 1/2 oz of gin and 1 1/2 oz of the pear puree
Add 1 tsp of maple syrup (more if you like it sweeter)
and shake well!

Take either a martini class or a whiskey glass and pour in glass, leaving about a half an inch for prosecco.

Pour in prosecco and stir in gently.

Place one sprig of rosemary in the drink for a garnish and enjoy :)

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!

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