Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail


Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail //

Yesterday as I was procrastinating aka staring out the window, I started to think about all the terrible jobs I’ve had in my life. Let me start by saying I’ve had some super great and easy ones. Like that time I worked for Earthlink at a kiosk in the mall and literally did absolutely nothing and just watched movies on my computer. Best job ever for a 16 year old. There was also that time I taught kids how to play tennis and got paid way too much for having that much fun.

My worst job was pretty depressing, especially now looking back at it. During the summer between the end of high school and beginning of college I wanted some money, basically to buy clothes and hang out with my friends. I responded to a Craigslist ad asking for someone who was a “self-starter, liked talking and personable.” I arrived to a run-downed office and greeted by some bro dude who gave me a schpeel about “helping older people who were trapped by owning timeshares they were unable to sell.” I was to sell them a service, which DID NOT exist, that’d help them sell their timeshare. Basically, my job was to rip off seniors. I failed miserably because I’m not that great of a sales person and since I was a naive person, it took me a good week to catch on to what was going on. I was lectured about being more of a “go-getter and understanding the place they were coming from.”

I feel like attempting to rip off older people might go down as the worst job ever. Waiting tables was SO much better.

What does this have to do with a cocktail? I dunno. I basically just wanted to share with you my terrible job. Hopefully you’ll share one too. We’ve all had (or have!) terrible jobs.

Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail |

Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail |

Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail |

This cocktail is drink full of fall flavors. The ginger and sage simple syrup tastes so good with the pear nectar. It’s refreshing. It’s a quench-thirster. And it’ll fit perfectly into your casual weekend plans. Can I be honest? I’m happy to see Halloween gone and Thanksgiving on the horizon. Excited ain’t the word.

Also, let’s toast to me having a job now that’s a million times better than what my 18 year old-self had.

Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail |

Pear and Ginger-Sage Cocktail

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Serving Size: 4 cocktails


  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 1 large chunk of ginger, peeled and diced
  • Stolichayna vodka
  • 20 fluid ounces pear nectar


  • To a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Heat over medium-low until sugar has dissolved. Add the sage leaves and ginger and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the sage and ginger to steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain, discarding the sage and ginger; set aside.
  • To assemble a cocktail, fill a glass with ice. Pour in 1 ounce of the sage-ginger simple syrup (2 tablespoons), 2 fluid ounces vodka, 5 ounces pear nectar. Stir and adjust alcohol to your taste. Garnish with a slice of small pear. Repeat the drink-making process until you've made all four. Serve immediately.
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  • Reply Gina November 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Taking this drink with me to Thanksgiving at my in-laws. Everyone is going to love it!

  • Reply Natural handcrafted soap November 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Love I will make it !

  • Reply Anjanee November 11, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Love this flavor combo and can’t wait to try it out! Perfectly warming for rainy days like today!

  • Reply Nicole Szabo November 7, 2013 at 2:23 am

    My worst job would have had to have been when I worked at a river cruise company full time for a little over 6 months. The bosses were insane. I was asked whether using paper receipt roll from the booth next to ours on OUR eftpos machine meant that the other booth got our money. I was also told that there were suspicions that the booth on the opposite side was stealing our phone calls because our phone would ring once and stop.

  • Reply Emma November 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Those might the be world’s most perfect glasses. Who makes them? Where are they from?

  • Reply Rebecca November 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Love Sage, it is just one of my most favourit herbs ever 😛 haha 😉

  • Reply Winnie November 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    What a lovely cocktail…I will be trying this very soon!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Sage and pear are a match made in heaven! Seriously, after the chaotic week I’ve had with work and school I will need a few of these…I mean one 😉

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet November 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    ooooh i’ve had some horrible jobs before. telemarketing is not for everyone.

  • Reply dishing up the dirt November 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Cheers to better jobs! This cocktail is right up my alley. I just made an apple spiced champagne cocktail and now I’m looking for my next drink. This just may be it! yum.

  • Reply Stacey November 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

    You are wonderful at THIS job! This looks fantastic; I have some sad pears giving me the side-eye from my fruit bowl, so this shall be their destiny! I held my worst job during the summer between high school and college. I was naïve and STUPID and worked at a tanning salon. I regret this so much and wish I could tell 18 year old Stacey that tanning is awful and deadly. I hate that not only did I get in those stupid beds, but that I put people in them as well. Barf.

  • Reply Sophie November 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

    THIS drink. I want! Maybe just perfect for my dinner party next week? Did you find good success with your ginger flavors in this syrup? The last time I tried to make ginger simple-syrup, I thought the ginger flavor was quite weak. I tweaked it but didn’t have much luck. It was mixed with apricot so maybe the apricot was just too strong of a flavor?

    I had a couple of wonderful jobs — working for my dad for 6 years, working for the school district with the tutoring department — but one that was so bad, I had to walk out on principal. The work we did was wonderful, but the director was dishonest and thought of herself as above the rules (and the law). It was scary to resign and not have an income, but now I am in a much better job! And I encouraged others to leave that place as well. It all worked out for the best and I learned a thing or two. Your Craigslist scammy-type job sounded just awful 🙁

  • Reply Sharon November 1, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Great cocktail and cheers to you having this awesome job of sharing those awesome recipes with us all the time. My best job happens in the kitchen too. ^_^ CHEERS!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 1, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Cheers to you having this be your job–and this incredible cocktail. I haven’t had any awful (trust me, I’m thankful for that) jobs, but I’ve definitely had a handful that I’ve gotten sick of after a while.

    Definitely one of the easiest ever was being a “note-taker” in college–which basically meant I went to my normal lectures, copied my (normal) notes, and provided them to the university to give to those with disabilities, which pretty much meant I got paid to go to class, haha! 🙂

  • Reply Ali @ Inspiralized November 1, 2013 at 6:12 am

    cheers to that, definitely! great cocktai.

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