Spiced Tequila Poached Pears with Orange Pomegranate Sauce

Pears poached in spiced tequila get drenched in an orange pomegranate sauce infused with triple sec…Spiced Tequila Poached Pears with Orange Pomegranate Sauce makes a lovely dessert for your holiday table… Perfect for 2 or more!

A white ceramic bowl with 2 Spiced Tequila Poached Pears with Orange Pomegranate Coulis on a black background.

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – Tequila and Cooking with Alcohol

I hope it’s okay to say tequila is synonymous with Mexican cocktails? I hope I don’t end up in trouble for that statement! 😂 I’ve done a lovely Tequila Cocktail with Blood Orange and Pomegranate for New Year’s Eve 2018 that also featured pomegranate (juice), a Savory Margarita, and an Exotic Tropical Margarita… all truly unique cocktails!

I have featured tequila in 2 sorbet recipes – Mango Margarita Sorbet and Blood Orange Margarita Sorbet. I haven’t yet used tequila in a savory recipe, but I wouldn’t rule it out!

Cooking with alcohol was not uncommon in my early years, as my parents were both excellent cooks and quite adventuresome. However, it was typically red wine in a stew or beer in bratwurst. Given my focus on Latin-inspired recipes, it seems appropriate to include tequila in recipes that benefit from a bit of alcohol.

Keep in mind the fact that cooking removes the alcohol and leaves behind the complexity and flavor. Your Spiced Tequila Poached Pears will no longer contain any alcohol, but the flavor is unique (and spectacular).

📋 Ingredients Notes

Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.

Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.

  • pears – Choose pears that are still pretty firm. The pear should give a bit when pressed, but ripe pears will be hard to work with.
  • orange juice and zest – Blood oranges are beautiful and in season in the winter, but you can substitute your favorite orange.
  • whole spices – I use cinnamon, star anise, cloves (not pictured below).
  • tequila – Tequila should be a brand that you would use in a cocktail. If it’s not fit to drink, you shouldn’t poach those gorgeous pears in it! PLEASE!
  • pomegranate molasses – Pomegranate molasses is the only ingredient that you may have trouble finding. If you can’t find it, you can order pomegranate molasses on Amazon or make your own homemade.
  • pomegranate juice
  • triple sec
  • cornstarch
  • pomegranate arils for garnish
ingredients for spiced tequila poached pears: pears, blood orange, pomegranate juice, molasses, and arils, triple sec, tequila.

🔪 Instructions

Always gather your ingredients first! You will start by poaching the pears. The orange pomegranate sauce requires only a few ingredients – orange juice, pomegranate juice and molasses, triple sec and corn starch – and it comes together in minutes.

  1. Poach the pears – Bring the water, tequila, agave nectar, and spices to a boil, add the pears and reduce to a simmer. Cover. Simmer until tender (20-25 minutes). Set aside until ready to serve. While the pears simmer, you can make the sauce.
  2. Make the orange pomegranate sauce – Combine the juice, molasses, and triple sec. Reduce by a third +/-, then whisk in the corn starch mixed with water. Return the mixture to a boil. When thickened, remove from the heat. Pour into a squeeze bottle or other vessel with a pour spout (a funnel is helpful). Set aside until ready to serve.
  3. Plate your tequila poached pears – Plate the pears (1 per person). Pour the orange pomegranate sauce over top with a generous puddle at the base. Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils. Serve immediately.

💭 Tips

  • Choice of saucepan is important. You want the pears to be covered with the poaching liquid. Mine is a wee bit small. You need to be able to lift them gently out of the liquid without damaging them. Try placing the pairs in the pan before adding the poaching liquid.
  • Serve Spiced Tequila Poached Pears with Orange Pomegranate Sauce hot or at room temperature. You can make the sauce and pears separately, but don’t sauce the pears until ready to serve.
  • What kind of tequila should I use? As mentioned above, you don’t need a fancy tequila for this recipe, but use one you’d add to a margarita.
  • If you don’t want to buy triple sec (it’s not expensive), just omit it.
  • Blood oranges are gorgeous, but their season and availability is limited. Substitute oranges, tangerines, or clementines.
A hand pouring from a glass cruet the orange pomegranate sauce over a spiced tequila poached pear in a white bowl.

Desserts are a special treat at Andersen casa… Just ask the hubs! I really only make desserts for special occasions like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and the holidays. When I entertain, I usually ask a guest to bring the dessert!

I do, however, have a few stellar desserts on Beyond Mere Sustenance that will be standouts on your holiday table. Click here to see a few of them!

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes. Healthyish Latin cuisine.

📖 Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Spiced Tequila Poached Pears with Orange Pomegranate Coulis

2 spiced tequila poached pears with orange pomegranate sauce in a white ceramic bowl with a black background.

Pears poached in spiced tequila get drenched in an orange pomegranate sauce infused with triple sec...Spiced Tequila Poached Pears with Orange Pomegranate Sauce makes a lovely dessert for your holiday table... Perfect for 2 or more!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Spiced Tequila Poached Pears

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups decent tequila (see post or notes)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 pears (or 1 per person)

Orange Pomegranate Sauce

Instructions

  1. Bring the water, tequila, agave nectar, and spices to a boil, add the pears and reduce to a simmer. Cover. Cook 20-25 minutes until tender but not soft. Remove from the heat.
  2. In another pan, combine the juices, pomegranate molasses, and triple sec. Over medium high heat. Reduce by a third +/-, then whisk in the corn starch mixed with about 2 tablespoons water.
  3. Bring mixture back to a boil until thickened. Cool.
  4. Pour sauce into a squeeze bottle or other pouring vessel. Set aside until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, plate a pear, pour sauce over top and a generous puddle on the plate.
  6. Garnish with pomegranate arils.

Notes

Use a tequila you'd put in a margarita. No bottom shelf please!

Blood orange is so lovely, but substitute your favorite orange if you need to.

Remember to remove the peel (without pith) prior to juicing the orange.

Calories are an approximation only and based on 4 pears! There is enough poaching liquid for up to 4 pears. Your result depends on amount of sauce and how many servings.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175

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4 Comments

  1. I have to say, this is the first recipe I’ve come across for poached fruit using tequila. So unique and I can’t wait to give these majestic pears a go. You’ve got all the spices I love in this recipe too.

    1. We’re all about the tequila, so it was a natural for me… I’m so happy it turned out well, and the warm spices bring it all together!

  2. I think that spiced tequila and the combination of orange pomegranate sauce is perfect. It is the perfect balance of bitter and sweet so that you can drink it without any problem.