Serve this special drink at your next cocktail party. Your guests will love how the subtle pear flavor contrasts with the citrusy orange juice.
For puree, bring pears, the water, sugar, and orange juice to boiling in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until the pears are soft. Cool slightly. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process for 30 seconds or until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl; discard solids.
For cocktail, combine 1/4 cup Pear Puree, the vodka, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes; cover and shake 10 to 15 seconds. Strain the liquid into a martini glass. Add club soda. If desired, serve with cinnamon and an orange twist and/or pear slice.
Tip: We do not recommend using a sugar substitute for this recipe.
To make ahead: The pear puree (Step 1) can be refrigerated for up to one day.
2 fat, 1 other carbohydrate