Pear + Ginger-Sage Champagne Cocktails

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It’s been a rather dramatic week at the farm. Some uninvited and very hungry deer arrived and within a 24 hour period they demolished our fall plantings of spinach, arugula and beans. To say we are devastated is an understatement. It’s time, money and back breaking work completely gone. Most importantly, our CSA members count on us to supply them with a variety of produce each week and the loss of these crops is huge. Damn deer!

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The good news (yes there is good news!) we have a lot of other veggies still thriving in the fields and our storage crops (potatoes, squash and roots) are all safe in the barn.  Life obviously goes on but we still feel awful about letting our customers down. Farming is our livelihood and unexpected losses are a big deal.

These cocktails are dedicated to our CSA members for supporting us through thick and thin. If I could individually package these cocktails into each of their boxes with the rest of their veggies I totally would.

CSA boxes

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Stressful times call for farm fresh cocktails. Local pears, local honey and sage from the farm make a fabulous combination. The addition of ginger and champagne complete this drink.  After just one sip we almost forgot about the deer. Almost….

Thank you everyone who has supported and rooted for us both near and far. You guys totally rule. These autumn cocktails are for you! Cheers.

Pear + Ginger-Sage Champagne Cocktails


This cocktail is full of fall flavors. Pear, ginger, honey and sage all make a lovely simple syrup.
    10 mins.
    20 mins.
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 whole pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 large chunk of ginger, peeled and diced
  • 20 fresh sage leaves + additional for garnish
  • 1 bottle of your favorite champagne or sparkling wine

Serves 4

  1. In a saucepan combine the honey and water over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has dissolved completely. Add the pears, ginger and sage leaves. Simmer until the mixture has reduced by 1/3. About 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let the mixture steep for an additional 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the syrup into a large mason jar. Discard the ginger and sage leaves.
  3. To assemble the drinks place a few pieces of the cooked pear into each glass followed by 1-2 Tablespoons of the simple syrup. Add the champagne and enjoy.
*This makes more simple syrup than you'll need for 4 cocktails. Save extra simple syrup in the fridge and enjoy over ice cream or even in smoothies.
*Use this recipe as a guide and adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.

17 thoughts on “Pear + Ginger-Sage Champagne Cocktails

  1. Pat

    So sorry for the losses and the feeling of helplessness in such circumstances. Here in Wisconsin we’ve resorted to fences, quite high fences.

    1. Andrea Post author

      Thank you for your lovely comment and for following us along. Proper deer fencing is going to be part of our farm budget for the 2015 season. It’s very expensive but necessary!!!

  2. Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}

    Oh no, I am SO sorry about the deer! Farming is so full of those unexpected and uncontrollable events, it seems :( Hang in there my dear! I always love your creative cocktails and hope they are drowning your sorrows at the moment :)

  3. Wendy Brunson

    I’m sorry to hear about the damage done by the deer. Remember, though, people don’t join a CSA for predictability. If they wanted to be sure to have arugula and beans, they’d just buy them when they wanted them. They’ve partnered with you to be surprised each week and to be a part of something that matters.

    1. Andrea Post author

      thank you so much for your lovely comment. We are so grateful for our CSA members and you are totally right, they are with us for the surprises that include ups and downs. It’s a beautiful thing.

  4. Carrie

    Oh, no! I’m sorry about the damn deer!

    You probably don’t want to get political on your blog, but I’m dying to know what you think of the GMO measure on the ballot.

    1. Andrea Post author

      Thank you Carrie! It was a crappy week but thank god for good coffee and cocktails!
      I won’t get political in posts but I will let you know that I am 100 PERCENT voting YES. Label GMO’s! It’s just my personal stance and I won’t judge people who vote against it, but we’re pretty fired up about GMO’s over in these parts!
      Coffee date in November? Hope you guys are doing well. xoxo

    1. Andrea Post author

      Thank you for you comment. We have deer fencing around part of the farm but not around the entire farm. It’s crazy expensive but slowly we’ll be adding fencing around everything. Work in progress…..

  5. Alizée

    Hello there! Just stumbled upon your lovely blog. So many great recipes. How long does the simple syrup can stay in the fridge for? Just trying to prep for the holidays. Thx!


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