Happy National Pears Hélène Day! I have to be honest with you, I personally hadn’t heard about this desert until just recently when doing research for the blog.
Pears Hélène is a dessert created way back in 1864 by Auguste Escoffier, He named it after the opera La belle Helene. It consists of pears that are poached in a vanilla sugar syrup and served warm with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, a few slivered almonds and crystalized violets.
Doesn’t that sound like an excellent candidate for a dessert cocktail transformation?
I used pear nectar, vanilla vodka and chocolate syrup drizzled in the martini glass. Not only is this a beautiful looking cocktail—in the words of Lucy, “and it’s so tasty too!”.
- 2½ ounces pear nectar
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- ½ ounce coffee liqueur
- ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
- chocolate syrup, garnish
- sliced almonds, garnish
- pear slices, garnish
- Swirl martini glass with chocolate syrup, dip in sliced almonds and freeze for 10-15 minutes.
- Combine remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, strain and pour into chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a pear slice and sprinkle a few sliced almonds on top.