Vanilla Pear Cocktail Recipe

The past couple of weeks I’ve been hard at work thinking up and researching fall and winter cocktail recipes. Summer cocktails come so easily to me, but I find cocktails in the cooler months need to be a bit more complex. Maybe I’m just overthinking it, maybe not.

I’ve made it my goal to start exploring flavour profiles outside of my typical repertoire. I’m going to do this through the addition bitters and more unique spices. I just bought my first bitters bottle, a citrus one, which I used in this recipe. The inspiration for this recipe came from one of my favourite cocktail books, Dillons Craft Cocktails, I just updated the recipe based on what I had available.

When I think of fall flavours, one of the first things that comes to mind is pear. This time of year, pears are so juicy and flavourful! Pears also pair (no pun intended) well with so many flavours, so they’re a perfect cocktail option. I got a great deal on a bag of organic Bartlett pears from Spud.ca. I even got my vodka delivered too– Spud can deliver liquor through my online grocery order as well. So convenient!

In this recipe I juice my pears. If you don’t have a juicer, you could blend the pears and then strain them through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh sieve.

Vanilla Pear Cocktail Recipe

Yields 1 drink

You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 oz vodka (I used Strathcona Spirits)
  • 3 oz fresh pear juice (I used Bartlett pears)
  • 0.25 oz vanilla bean syrup (I used Torani)
  • 0.25 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3 dashes of citrus bitters (I used Hella Bitters)
  • Ice
  • Pear slice, to garnish

Directions

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake to chill. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with pear slice and serve.

Cheers! If you recreate this, or any of my other cocktails be sure to tag me on Instagram @alexandtribe.

*I was gifted a credit by Spud.ca to create a recipe using liquor purchased through their site. All thought and opinions are still my own.

Yule Mule: Festive Pomegranate Moscow Mule

There’s less than a week till Christmas now, and if you’re anything like me, your to do list is about as long as Santa’s delivery list.

One thing I’m in charge of this year is the Christmas cocktail, and I think we’ve got a winner! This Pomegranate Moscow Mule is as delicious as it is festive.

This cocktail is fresh, easy to drink and relatively easy to assemble. And the the red and green colours make it scream Christmas. So, check one item off that to do list. Your Christmas cocktail is officially covered!

Yule Mule: Festive Pomegranate Moscow Mule

Yields 1 cocktail

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup Ginger Beer
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 oz of vodka
  • 1tsp fresh juiced ginger
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • Mint for garnish
  • Ice

Directions:

Fill your cup with ice. Add the ginger beer, pomegranate juice, vodka, ginger and lime. Stir well to combine then garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint.

Cheers, enjoy your cocktail (and get started making round two because you’re going to want more than one of these)!

Happy Holidays! Alex and Holly

Layered Grapefruit and Rose Vodka Soda

Hello summer, my old friend. After approximately 700 consecutive days of rain the sun has finally come out to play.

This is one of the rainiest summers I can remember in Edmonton. The last time it rained this much was eight years ago and Justin and I were so over it we spontaneously booked a trip to the sunny Algarve in Portugal.

Eight years and two kids later, spontaneous European vacations are about as likely as my kid sleeping through the night, so it was time to get a bit more resourceful and do something to make it feel a bit more like summer…and for Holly and I that meant drinking a refreshing cocktail out in the sun.

This cocktail came together rather haphazardly late one afternoon. Holly (@chandeliers.and.champagne) and I were hanging out with our wild toddlers and didn’t have a whole lot of time to make a fancy drink. So, Holly busted out a bottle of Grapefruit and Rose Vodka she had just picked up and threw a quick cocktail together.

We had no idea how pretty the drink was going to look but the colours layered themselves beautifully and we knew we had to recreate this drink for our blogs. Not only does this Vodka Soda look great, the taste is fantastic too. It’s a refreshing, citrusy cocktail perfect for a summer day, and a great option for those who like to avoid sugary concoctions.

Layered Grapefruit and Rose Vodka Soda

Yields 1 cocktail

You’ll need: 

  • 1.5 oz Grapefruit and Rose vodka (we used Ketel One Botanical)
  • Juice of half a grapefruit
  • Club soda
  • Large handful of ice

Directions:

Fill your glass with ice. Juice half of a grapefruit and add to glass along with 1.5 oz of vodka. Top with club soda. Voila, it’s that’s easy!

Hope you enjoy this refreshing summer cocktail, be sure to follow along on Instagram (@alexandtribe, @chandeliers.and.champagne) to see what else we come up with over the course of the summer and tag us in you pics if you recreate any of our cocktails.

Cheers! Alex & Holly

Water-Yellin’ Frozen Watermelon Tiki Cocktail

Grab your tropical garnishes and bust out the coconut bras and Hawaiian shirts because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

Since summer seems to have skipped over Edmonton this year Holly and I decided to take matters into our own hands and bring summer to us in the form of a delicious watermelon tiki drink.

While this might not be your typical rum-based tiki drink, it has all the elements that that embody what we love about a tiki cocktail. Quirky name (good job Holly), great barware, fun garnish and fruity flavours.

Instead of rum we based this cocktail around the Smirnoff Watermelon vodka. Holly and I gave it a quick taste before we made our drink and it tastes just like a boozy watermelon jolly rancher. Flavoured vodkas are a great way to switch up your favourite cocktails and experiment with new drinks.

What’s great about this cocktail is that there’s no need to add any simple syrup, the watermelon is sweet enough on its own, and the ginger adds a contrasting spicy kick. I mean really, if you look at the ingredients, it’s almost healthy (at least that’s what I’m telling myself when I go back for seconds).

Water-Yellin Frozen Watermelon Tiki Cocktail

Yields 2 cocktails

You’ll need: 

  • 4 oz watermelon vodka (we used Smirnoff)
  • 5 handfuls of frozen watermelon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp fresh pressed ginger
  • Large handful of ice

Directions:

Add vodka, frozen watermelon, lime juice, ginger juice and ice to a blender. Pour into tiki mug and garnish with a straw, paper umbrella and lime wedge.

Hope you enjoy this delicious summer cocktail, be sure to follow along on Instagram (@alexandtribe, @chandeliers.and.champagne) to see what else we come up with over the course of the summer and tag us in you pics if you recreate any of our cocktails.

Cheers! May every hour be happy hour 😉

Alex & Holly

Prickly Pear Vodka Soda

I first fell in love with Eau Claire Distillery (an Alberta-based company) a couple of years ago when I tasted their gin at a wine festival. It was so smooth–a bit fruity and undoubtedly delicious. Definitely different than other gins on liquor shelves.

Next I discovered their EquineOX Prickly Pear Vodka, which is next level. Technically, I don’t think it’s an actual vodka. I’ve heard it referred to as a vodka alternative, whatever that is, but I’m not an expert by any means, so I’ve been treating it like a vodka.

Prickly Pear Cactus (in case you were wondering)

If you’re one of those people who can sip booze on the rocks this would be a great one to try. The smell alone is enough to tempt you to try it (sweet and fruity). I had Holly give it a go, but apparently she’s not a fan of strait vodka at 11 am 😂, it didn’t go down so well. I can’t do it either; I need my hard liquor in a cocktail, so Holly (Chandeliers and Champagne) and I set out craft the perfect summer drink using my new bottle of EquineOx.

Since the flavour is pretty unique we started out perusing their list of suggested cocktails on their website (kudos to Eau Claire by the way, I love when distilleries do this) and decided to make a riff of their Blueberry Ginger Mojito. It took a couple rounds of trial and error to get the proportions and ingredients right (lychee and Triple Sec definitely didn’t work) but I am confident in saying that we mixed up the perfect summer drink!

Also, can we talk about what a pretty colour the muddled blueberries make this drink! The longer you let the mixture steep before straining it the darker the pink hue will get.

Prickly Pear Vodka Soda

Yields 1 cocktail

You’ll need: 

  • 1.5 oz prickly pear vodka (our preference is Eau Claire EquineOx)
  • 0.5 oz ginger simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Club soda
  • Ice
  • Cucumber to garnish
  • Lavender to garnish

Directions:

Add vodka, ginger simple syrup, mint, blueberries and lime juice to a tall glass and muddle with a muddling stick or the back of a spoon.

Line the side of a second glass with a thin slice of cucumber. Fill glass with ice and strain the first mixture into the glass. Top the drink up with Club Soda (roughly 1/3 of a can). Garnish and serve.

Ginger Simple Syrup

You’ll need: 

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated ginger

Directions:

Boil till sugar dissolves, then cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and refrigerate in an air tight container. This should keep in the fridge for about a month.

Hope you enjoy this delicious summer cocktail, be sure to follow along on Instagram (@alexandtribe, @chandeliers.and.champagne) to see what else we come up with over the course of the summer and tag us in you pics if you recreate any of our cocktails.

Cheers!

Alex & Holly

Passion Fruit White Tea Cocktail

Half the fun of crafting new cocktails is in the refinement. Adding a little bit of this and a little bit more of that. It’s a tough job cocktail tasting, but someone has to do it 😉.

There’s naturally flavours that work well together: lemon and berries, cucumber and mint, tropical fruit and white tea (which is what we worked with this time around). Start with a pairing you know works and then just build on your flavours from there.

I love real, cold-steeped, sugar-free iced tea in the summer, so I knew Holly and I had to create a delicious iced tea cocktail as a part of our summer drink series. If you’re looking for tips on cold-steeping iced tea, check out Holly’s blog post. It really is the best way to drink it to make sure you never end up with a bitter taste.

Until we made this cocktail I had never actually tried a real passion fruit. Let me tell you…it was sooo good! Thanks Holly for getting me to try one, it won’t be my last!

If you’re searching for a refreshing summer cocktail look no further. This one has the potential to be deadly haha, it just goes down so easy on a hot patio day. The addition of the peach flavoured vodka really makes this drink perfect in my opinion.

Passion Fruit White Tea Cocktail

Yeilds: 1 Cocktail

You’ll need:

  • Three mint leaves
  • 1.5 ounces peach vodka
  • 3 ounces iced white tea – our preference: Kusmi Tea Tropical White
  • 2 ounces passionfruit juice
  • The juice of one lemon wedge
  • Pulp and seeds of half a purple passion fruit

Directions:

To help release mint oils, use a muddler or the back of a spoon to lightly press mint leaves into the bottom of a glass. Fill the glass with ice and add vodka, iced tea, passionfruit juice, lemon juice and passion fruit. Stir to combine. Garnish with mint leaf or lemon wedge, if desired. Enjoy!

Full disclosure:  This drink has a light, natural sweetness. However, if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, add simple syrup.

Holly (@chandeliers.and.champagne) and I (@alexandtribe) are crafting fun summer cocktails all summer long. Tag us on Instagram using #yegsummercocktail if you try one for yourself!

Cheers! Alex & Holly