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Sparkling Pear Float

You're never too old for a root beer float, but if you're looking for something a little different, try this fruity, sparkling float—it tastes like a spicy Creamsicle, with a side of fizzy pear. This is just one of many tempting sparkling recipes in the beautiful book Tiny Bubbles by Imbibe editor Kate Simon. For the best results, use a marmalade that's as bitter as it is sweet, with lots of orange peel.


2–3 medium scoops vanilla ice cream
Brandied cherries or fresh berries
1/2 ounce clove syrup (see below)
2 teaspoons orange marmalade
Sparkling pear juice or cider, chilled

Spoon the ice cream into a saucer or highball. Add the desired amount of brandied cherries or fresh berries. In a separate cup or small bowl, mix together the Clove Syrup and orange marmalade, stirring well. Drizzle the orange-clove ,ixture over the ice cream and fruit. Top with chilled sparkling pear juice. Serve with a spoon. Serves 1.

Clove Syrup
1 cup unrefined sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup whole cloves

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all the ingredients and bring close to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool at room temperature. Strain into a clean bottle, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. The syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Makes 1 cup syrup.

Suggestions for making this float with alcohol: sub sparkling pear wine or pear eau de vie, or pear liqueur (such as Belle de Brillet)






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