Hot pear cider
There's no reason to stand on ceremony when it comes to cider—pears give this delicious drink new flavor, a little twist for a cold night. Remember the rule for choosing the best pears at the supermarket: If they don't smell like anything, they probably won't taste like anything. If you’re ready to eat and need a ripe pear immediately, gently press a finger at the top near the stem. If the fruit is ripe, it will give a little there. If pears are soft anywhere else, they are overripe and will be mushy. When buying apple cider, purchase the cloudy version in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. You want fresh apple cider that contains no added sugar or spices for the best flavor.
2 small, peeled, cored and quartered
4 cup(s), or pear cider (no sugar added)
- Put all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer very slowly — at the merest bubble — until pears are tender, about 45 minutes.
- Remove and discard cinnamon stick and cloves. Pour contents of saucepan into a large blender. Remove center cap from lid, set lid in place, cover hole with a doubled clean kitchen towel and blend until smooth. If desired, reheat in a saucepan until barely bubbling. Yields about 2/3 cup per serving.