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Ginger Pear Cider with Vanilla Bean

Ginger pear cider is a cozy drink that can help soothe a sore throat. Made with ripe pears, fresh ginger and vanilla. No juicer needed!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 5 ingredients, fall, ginger, lemon, lemon juice, maple syrup, pears, vanilla bean, vanilla extract, winter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 2



  • 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 fresh vanilla bean
  • 1 ¼ cups 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.


  • 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.