Roasted Pear Vodka Fizz
1.5 oz. roasted pear infused vodka*
.5 oz. ginger simple syrup**
.25 oz. fresh lemon juice
club soda or other fizzy water - choose one with big bubbles
candied ginger for garnish
In a highball glass filled with ice combine the vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice then fill with bubbly water. Stir very well. Garnish with a small piece of candied ginger on a cocktail sword.
*To make the roasted pear vodka, choose something with a little bite like Tito's. Quarter 4 ripened Bosc pears and roast them in the oven at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes or until they caramelize. Cool, then add them to one 750ml bottle of vodka. I use my iced tea pitcher to do this, then strain it through a fine sieve or cheesecloth back into the vodka bottle. Store in the refrigerator.
**To make the ginger simple syrup boil one cup of sugar with one cup of water and 1/2 cup grated fresh ginger for 1 minute, then cool for an hour (or until your syrup has a nice ginger bite to it). Strain and add about 4 tablespoons of plain vodka - this stabilizes the sugar and prevents bacteria growth. Store in the refrigerator.