Spiced Pear Punch

Old Tom gin is an old style of gin, a little sweeter than the London Dry style familiar to most. Commonly available brands are Hayman’s and Ransom. Adapted from Anne Carlson, In Fine Spirits Lounge, Chicago.

This drink can be made for one or for a crowd:  for a punchbowl-sized quantity use the larger amount in parentheses.

½ ounce (6 ounces) spiced pear purée (recipe here)

½ ounce (6 ounces) Old Tom gin

½ ounce (6 ounces) Canton Ginger liqueur

½ ounce (6 ounces) Cognac

A squeeze (3 ounces) fresh lemon juice

1 ounce (1 750-milliliter bottle) prosecco

Combine all ingredients except prosecco in an iced cocktail shaker and shake to chill. Double strain into cocktail glass or flute, top with prosecco and garnish with a lemon twist.

For punch: Combine all ingredients but prosecco and chill for several hours. When ready to serve, combine with ice and the prosecco in a punch bowl. Float garnishes of lemon wheels, pear slices, star anise and cinnamon sticks.