Tipsy pears for your next dinner party

Delish poached pears you need to try this winter!

An extravagant, yet simple dish to impress your family during the colder months.


Do you think there could really be anything better than a little boozy dessert in the heart of winter? Pair these poached spicy red wine pears with a delicious brandy to impress your guests!

Spiced Red Wine-Poached Pears


  • 2 cups dry red wine, such as cabernet or merlot
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 (1 by 3-inch) strip orange zest
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 firm, ripe pears


  1. In a saucepan, combine wine, sugar, orange juice, zest, cinnamon stick and cloves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. While liquid is simmering, peel pears, leaving stem intact and being careful not to blemish the flesh of the pears. Slice 1/2-inch off the bottom of the pears to create a flat bottom.
  3. Gently place pears in poaching liquid, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes to ensure even color, until pears are cooked but still firm.
  4. Remove saucepan from flame, uncover and cool with pears upright in pan. Once cool, cover and chill in refrigerator at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours, turning occasionally, if desired.
  5. Gently remove pears from liquid and allow to come to room temperature. Meanwhile, reduce liquid by about half over a medium-high flame for 15 minutes, until liquid is thicker and slightly syrupy.
  6. Remove from flame and let liquid come to room temperature.
  7. Drizzle each pear with 2 tablespoons syrup and serve.

Find this original recipe here.

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