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On Saturday mornings, you'll find chef Melissa Perello of Frances smelling, touching, and sampling the bounty at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. She visits her favorite farmers and combs through the produce, searching for the ingredients that will inspire her New American menu. A meal at Frances often starts with a palate-cleansing Market Shot, a spiced and spiked juice from whatever was picked fresh at the market. This week, it's autumnal Bartlett pears―a refreshing alternative to eggnog, for sure. The elegant shots are fit for sipping with friends or serving at your next sit-down.
3 whole ripe Bartlett pears, washed, peeled, and quartered
¾ cup dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
¾ cup white balsamic vinegar or Champagne vinegar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
2 cups pear puree
3 cups dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
3 cups Vya sweet vermouth, such as Quady Vineyards
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. For the pear puree combine white wine, vinegar, sugar, and water in a saucepot over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer for 2 minutes, and then add the pears. Simmer over low heat until the pears are tender and almost translucent, 10-15 minutes. Be mindful to monitor the pears periodically.
2. When the pears are sufficiently poached, remove them from the stovetop. Allow the pears and syrup to cool to room temperature. Then blend all of the liquid and pear together using a blender or handheld immersion blender. Strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer and chill over an ice bath or overnight in your refrigerator.
3. To make the shots, add the wine, vermouth, and lemon juice. Stir well, chill for 30 minutes, and serve.