Recipe created in the context of an Instagram partnership with Empress 1908 Gin.
It’s the most beautiful time of the year
Lights fill the streets, spreading so much cheer
I should be playing in the winter snow
But I’ma be under the mistletoe
This was Mistletoe by Justin Beiber, aka one of my favorite holiday song of all time!
I cannot stress enough how excited I am about the fact that we are finally entering the holiday season! I have brought out my winter pjs, started playing my Christmas playlist, and am planning on setting up my Christmas tree.
This time of the year is also when I like slow down, to cozy up with a book, light up a few candles, and treat myself to a winter warmer, like this Spicy Pear Hot Toddy.
I created this drink in collaboration with Empress 1908 Gin and was really inspired by the idea of celebrating the slowing down that winter is synonymous with, while really hightlighting the gorgeous color of this iconic gin.
When it comes to the ingredients used in this recipe, below are the ones I used.
For any modifications, refer to the Common Questions & Swaps section.
Water: Mixed with the sugar, pear, and ginger, the water constitutes the base of the Spicy Pear Syrup.
Organic cane sugar: This is the main sweetener of the cocktail and it is used to make the Spicy Pear Syrup.
Bosc pear: Used in the Spicy Pear Syrup and a a garnish, Bosc pears are lightly smoky and sweet in flavor. The flavor of this fruit pairs beautifully with the ginger and the floral gin.
Ginger: Spicy, peppery, and hot, the ginger featured in the syrup really gives this hot wintery drink a fresh kick.
Brown sugar: It is the base of the sugar rim. I love the richness it adds to the cocktail.
Ground cinnamon: Mixed with the brown sugar for the rim, the cinnamon makes this cocktail extra festive.
Empress 1908 Gin: With its botanical notes and stunning colour, this Canadian gin really brings life to this winter warmer that is sure to become a classic!
I really encourage you, as you prepare to savour this warm drink, light a few candles, set the mood, maybe play some of your favorite holiday songs and enjoy the magic of present.
If you make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you left a review above in the recipe box and shared about it on social media. Don’t forget to tag me (@muriellebanackissa).
Happy winter and cheers to the beginning of the holiday season✦
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