I really wanted to make a drink out of it. At first, I thought about just throwing in a bit of soda water and ice cubes with the syrup for a quick refreshing drink but I thought the syrup deserved a bit more attention.
I feel like this drink is going to invade my fridge often whatever the time of year it is.
Plus, on a cheeky note, I can already imagine adding a bit of pear vodka or rum in it for a little evening cocktail.
Do you stick to hot tea or move to iced tea every now and then? I hope you give this little recipe of mine a try, it will definitely refresh your warm Summer days.
Ingredients (makes approximately 80ml)
The poaching liquid from this recipe for poached pears.
Keep the liquid in its saucepan and put over a low to medium heat. Stir every now and then and reduce the liquid until it is approximately 20% of its original volume. Discard the vanilla bean and pour the syrup into a small jug. It will keep for a week covered in the fridge.
Serve cold with water (I would usually use 1 litre for that content), soda water or with iced tea such as the recipe below. It would be a great addition to a cocktail too.
Ingredients (makes approximately 1 litre iced tea - 6 glasses)
1 litre simmering water
4 teabags green tea
1 handful of mint leaves (plus extra for serving)
80ml pear and vanilla syrup (see recipe above)
Optional: thin slices of pear to serve
1. Put the teabags of green tea and the mint leaves in a large heatproof jug. Pour the simmering water in the jug and let it brew for 5 minutes. Stir with a spoon and discard the teabags and mint leaves. Let it cool down for 10/15 minutes before refrigerating it.
2. When the tea is completely refrigerated, add in the pear and vanilla syrup and stir well. Serve in tall glasses with ice cubes, a few small mint leaves and thin slices of pear (optional).
Bon appétit or bon thé glacé!