This delicate ginger pear tea is inspired by Baesuk, a classic Korean drink-and-dessert-in-one. Sweet pears and honey contrast the spice of freshly cut ginger and whole peppercorns, creating a complex flavor profile. The traditional garnish of poached pear slices and floating pine nuts look lovely in any of Ember’s heated coffee mugs, adding an aesthetic quality to an already indulgent drink.
Baesuk can be served chilled as a refreshing summer drink or warm as a soothing sweet beverage prized for its use as a cough and sore throat remedy. Of course, at Ember we always prefer things warm. The zing of the ginger and peppercorns are best enjoyed after simmering, while the delicate flavor of the pears is brought out by a slightly lower-than-average drinking temperature. We recommend setting your heated mug to 130°F to enjoy the complexity of this fresh ginger pear tea with every sip.
Served at 130°F (54°C)
Makes 3 servings
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