It’s been a hot minute since we’ve had a new cocktail around these parts, hasn’t it? My apologies, but this pear martini more than makes up for all that lost time!
Before we get too far here, let me just admit that I can’t be trusted with a martini glass. It doesn’t matter if I haven’t had a sip. My high energy inevitably just sloshes some of the drink out of the glass before my first sip. And it really is a sipping drink.
It’s because I know this about myself that I usually opt for a martini sitting down where I can easily place my glass on a table (out of my (h)arms way)!
I quite enjoy pears. I love them sliced and especially baked into this double nut apple pear crisp. They’re also tasty in these pear muffins. And if you’ve got them canned (my mom cans pears every year), they’re delicious in this yogurt dessert!
But sometimes you just need a cocktail! This partini combines the subtle flavor and natural sweetness of pear juice with vodka and a pear brandy. If martinis are a little too spirit forward, give this one a try.
Pear Juice vs. Pear Nectar
If you’re shopping for pear juice, you’ll likely see juice and nectar. So what’s the difference between juice and nectar? It’s all about the ingredients actually.
Juice tends to be just the liquid from the fruit. These might be sweetened, but oftentimes they’re not (and I’d encourage you to go the unsweetened route as it’s naturally sweet).
Nectar is often thicker, sweetened, and can include preservatives. Both are widely available.
For this cocktail, the recipe calls for juice which is thinner and clearer. You can absolutely use a pear nectar, just note that it will look cloudier and will likely be sweeter.
Make Ahead Martini
Sometimes it’s nice to have your libations made ahead of time; I get it!
This is one of those that you can make ahead of time. Combine the vodka, juice, and brandy in a sealable container. You can chill it and then just shake and pour to serve. You can also shake it with ice before straining and serving as well!
The recipe below makes one drink, but you can easily make multiple servings to have enough for everyone!
Looking for other winter cocktails? Try this winter sangria with white wine – great for a crowd; a kiwi spritzer that’s delectable; an apple ginger whiskey cocktail, or this turmeric spritzer (great for a brunch).
SPICED PEAR MARTINI
A delicious cocktail that screams fall and winter, this pear martini combines the wonderful subtlety and natural sweetness of the cold season fruit with martini ingredients. This will be a favorite drink on first sip!
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
- 1 ½ ounces pear juice
- 1 ounce pear brandy
- 2 thin slices of pear
Add the vodka, pear juice, and pear brandy to a cocktail mixing glass. Add a handful of ice. Stir for about 20 seconds, until chilled.
Strain the drink into a martini glass.
Roll up two slices of pear to create a flower-like garnish and secure with a toothpick. Set on the glass and serve right away.
Any type of pear juice will work, but some may be cloudier than others. A pear nectar can be used, but it’s going to be a lot sweeter as those are sweetened.
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