Sparkling, cool, and refreshing, this tasty beverage is a delightful option for entertaining.
2 pounds ripe Green Anjou Pears, cored, unpeeled, cut in ¾-inch chunks (about 2 quarts)
1 ½ cups water
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 filterbags Tazo Refresh Herbal Infusion Mint Tea with Tarragon
3 cups boiling water
3 cups Lavender DRY Soda (by DRY Soda Co.)
3 cups Pear Puree Fresh lavender sprig, for garnish
For puree: Combine pears, water, sugar, and lemon juice in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer over medium heat 15 minutes or until pears are softened and almost all the water is gone. (Simmer uncovered if needed to increase evaporation.) Cool. Process or blend pears until smooth. Refrigerate until cold. (Can be refrigerated up to 3 days.)
For beverage mix: Steep tea bags in boiling water, covered for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and refrigerate tea until cold.
Combine tea, soda, and pear puree in a large pitcher. Stir to reduce some of the carbonation. For best results, serve within 30 minutes, stirring again if mixture separates.
To serve, pour 1-2 cups cocktail mix over 2-3 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker (depending on size of shaker). Shake gently, about 15 seconds, until well chilled. Strain into glasses. Garnish with a lavender sprig and serve immediately.
Yield: Makes eight 8-ounce servings