Pear-Cider Cocktails

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min (plus refrigerating)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon fennel seeds

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

2 cups white cranberry juice

3/4 cup pear brandy

2 pears, thinly sliced

1 750-ml bottle dry sparkling hard cider


  1. Bring 1/2 cup water, the sugar, and fennel and coriander seeds to a simmer in a small saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low; cook until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.
  2. A few hours before serving, strain the syrup into a pitcher. Add the cranberry juice, brandy and pears. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Add the sparkling cider to the pitcher and stir. Serve over ice.
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