Pear Cider Recipe

Pear Cider Recipe Recipe

I'm sure you've noticed, but it feels like Thanksgiving already. The girls have been enjoying pumpkin smoothie drinks at Jamba Juice, Lulu recently brought home a pumpkin pie from Marie Callender's and we just bought our first fresh cranberries of the season. With the weather getting colder, what could be more appropriate to the season than a hot cup of cider? But instead of making regular ol' apple cider, I added freshly-made pear juice as well.

I used Bartlett pears (with hints of red, they are much sweeter) which were slightly firm so they would easily pass through a juicer. If you prefer a more intense pear flavor, you could use very ripe, soft fruit but I wouldn't recommend using a juicer as it would get clogged easily. Instead, mix them until mushy in a regular blender, then pass the mixture through a large sieve. I didn't opt for this method as I find the texture a little grainy. You can add whatever spices you like, but I opted for the traditional combination of cinnamon, clove and ginger. It's an easy and very satisfying recipe for the weekend!

Ingredients

Yields: 8 servings

13 red Bartlett pears, ripe but still slightly firm
4 Red Delicious apples
1 lemon, freshly juiced
1 (3-inch) chunk fresh ginger (optional)
1/8 teaspoon salt
10 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half


Directions

Prepping the fruits:

Reserve 1 pear for the cider later. Remove the stems of the apples and pears. Peel the pears. Drizzle with lemon juice to prevent oxidation of the fruit.

In a home juicing machine, combine the ginger (if used), apples and peeled pears.

Apple cider: It's not necessary to peel or core the remaining pear. Cut it into quarters and stud the pieces with cloves. Place them in a large pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, the apple pear juice and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook, covered, for about 20-25 minutes, until fragrant. Filter the pear apple cider through a fine mesh sieve or fine muslin cloth.

Assembly time: Warm the pear apple cider when you're ready to serve. Adjust the sweetness if necessary (I didn't add any sweetener).

Ladle the drink into mugs. Decorate with fresh cinnamon sticks.

I served it warm but It could also be served chilled.

Enjoy!


Tips

I used Red Delicious apples for their very sweet flavor but you can use any other kinds, such as Granny Smiths for a more tart flavor or Gala apples for a sweeter flavor.

I didn't add any sweetener to the drink. Depending on the level of natural sugar in the fruits, you might add a little granulated sugar, honey or syrup.

FYI: 2 apples or pears yield about 1 cup of fruit juice using the Breville juicer. I love this juicer; there's no need for chopping; because the entire apple fits into the chute.

I added apple to the pear cider to give more natural sweetness to the drink and to thin the texture of the liquid a  bit.

Last year, I made cranberry apple cider; that version tasted a lot more tart.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on November 11, 2011.


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