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Honey vodka hunt

A friend called because she had a problem. She'd hosted a rather large party at her house on New Year's Eve and now she had bottles and bottles of leftover Champagne taking up space in her refrigerator. "What should I ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 6
Note: From Lola's.

Poached pears

  • 2 pears
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup Port
  • 1 1/2 (2-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise

Step 1Peel, halve and core the pears.

Step 2Place the water, sugar, Port, cinnamon and star anise in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add the pears and simmer until very soft, about 10 to 15 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover and chill.


  • 2 poached pears
  • 14 ounces Ketel One vodka or vanilla vodka
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 12 ounces Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 6 star anise

Step 1Using a mortar and pestle or a fork or potato masher, muddle the poached pears to make a puree.

Step 2Combine the pears, vodka, maple syrup, honey, lemon juice and lime juice in a large liquid measuring cup and stir to blend.

Step 3Fill a martini shaker with chipped ice. Add the pear-vodka mixture and shake (work in batches if necessary).

Step 4Strain the chilled pear-vodka mixture into 6 chilled martini glasses, filling them three-fourths full.

Step 5Top each of the 6 glasses with about 2 ounces of Champagne. Garnish each with a star anise and serve.

Each serving:
293 calories; 0 protein; 25 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 5 mg. sodium.
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