fresh ginger pear cider with vanilla bean - The First MessMaking fresh ginger pear cider with vanilla bean - The First Mess
I think I’m being generous labelling this one as a “cider” because the juice itself is made with a blender and fine strainer; not an actual press. Let’s just go with it and enjoy this cozy drink anyway. Pear cider!

I’ve had a scratchy throat the past couple of days, and this pear concoction is part of my defense arsenal. Other than that, I’m just putting ginger in everything, getting daily vitamin C, and making sure that I get proper sleep. I’m about to fix up a batch of butternut squash and apple soup–with lots of ginger of course–for dinner/weekend lunches. Pear cider!

This drink is another outing for the amazing blend + fine strain juicing method. This juice/cider still comes out slightly thick though–in a nice way though. It’s almost kind of creamy/milky with all that vanilla bean and the pectin of the pears. I’m really into it, and I love how soothing it is in the evening.  Love and hugs (and links)!

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fresh ginger pear cider with vanilla bean - The First Messfresh ginger pear cider with vanilla bean - The First Mess
Print the recipe here!
Serves: 1-2
Notes: You definitely need a fine-mesh strainer for this one, or a nut milk bag if you have it. If you don’t have vanilla beans, you can drop a teeny splash of vanilla extract into the cider at the very end of the warming stage (along with the lemon juice) instead.

2 ripe pears, cored and chopped (I think Bartlett is preferable here, but Bosc will also work)
1-2 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
1-inch piece of fresh vanilla bean
1 ¼ cups filtered water
½ teaspoon pure maple syrup, or to taste
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

In an upright blender, combine the chopped pears, ginger, vanilla bean, and water. Blend on high until you have a smooth, slightly thick puree.

Set a fine mesh strainer over a small saucepan and grab a spoon/small spatula. Pour the pear puree through the fine mesh strainer into the saucepan. Stir and push around the solids until all of the available juice/liquid is in the saucepan.

Gently heat the pear cider in the saucepan over medium-low heat. Once it’s warmed to your liking, stir in the maple syrup and lemon juice. Serve immediately.

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