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Spiced Pear Brandy Sidecar
To make the Pear Simple Syrup:
In a 2-qt sauce pan, heat 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 pear cubed, 1/2 tbsp ground ginger, 1 cinnamon stick, and 1 pinch ground nutmeg over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the syrup has thickened. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer, keeping the pears and discarding the cinnamon sticks, into a heat proof container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Yields roughly ½ a cup of syrup.
For the cocktail:
In a shaker, add the brandy, mixer, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
Add ice to the shaker and shake for roughly 5-7 seconds for the flavors to blend together.
Pour mixture into prepared coupe glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick and a cube or two of the poached pear from the syrup.