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
- 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)
- Pear slice, to garnish
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.