God is Watching – a Smokey Pear Anise Mocktail

a creamy golden mocktail in a stemless martini glass, backed by the pitcher from whence it came.

OK, so I was having a hard time naming this mocktail. I google “pear jokes”, and find jokes4us.com, which has a whole page of them. Last on the page was this one:

“At lunch time in the cafeteria there was a pile of pears on a tray, and the teacher put a note: take only one, remember, god is watching. A little bit further down the line there was a pile of cookies, and a child had put a note on it: take as many as you want, god is watching the pears.”

If I was God, I would drink this mocktail for sure. I would weirdly use bottled pear juice as opposed to fresh, because fresh pear juice turns brown really really fast, but it’s up to you. I would also suggest you not steep the tea longer than I say. I am a God of free will, but really I do know best.

The God is Watching Recipe

  • 8 oz anise-infused Lapsang Souchong tea (see below)
  • Star Anise for the tea (2/cup of tea brewed)
  • 8 oz pear juice
  • dusting of cinnamon sugar

To brew the tea: for every 1 cups of boiling water use 1 tsp of tea, ideally in a tea ball, in a warmed teapot. Let it steep for 4 minutes. Remove the tea ball, or strain the tea if you’ve just thrown it all together. Add 2 star anise for every cup of water you used. Let cool.

To make the drinks: Mix pear juice and anise-infused Lapsang in a pitcher of ice. Pour into glasses, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Makes 2 drinks, but scale away.

What to do with any left over anise-infused tea? It tastes great on its own over ice. The anise seems to sweeten it somehow, but add agave if you like.

Lapsang Souchong tea with 2 star anise floating in jam jar on a silver platter, surrounded by loose tea and star anise.

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