Partridge in a Pear Tree

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Cocktail History

The Partridge in a Pear Tree is a Christmas cocktail that was created by food writer and author Jessica Strand and was first published in her book Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season. It’s a simple variation of the classic French 75 template that calls for a unique pear eau de vie in place of the gin and mixes it with homemade pine syrup, woodsy bitters, and refreshing bubbly.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Sparkling Wine: This is one of the base spirits. It’s a carbonated wine made with white or red grapes. We used Champagne Moutard Père & Fils Brut Prestige because it’s smooth and flavorful. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the sparkling wine.

Pear Eau De Vie: This is the other base spirit. It’s a type of brandy made from fermented pears. We couldn’t find pear eau de vie in our area so we used Mathilde Poire Liqueur instead. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Monin Non-Alcoholic Pear Syrup in place of the brandy or liqueur.

Pine Syrup: This is a sweetener made with pine tea, white sugar, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Spruce & Birch Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with spruce, birch, and other botanicals. We used Crude Bitters Apothecary Spruce & Birch Bitters because they have potent woodsy flavors.

Pear Wedge: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh pear aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Partridge in a Pear Tree features light fruit aromas and has a taste that marries the dryness of the wine with the fruity sweetness of the pear and the slight woodsiness of the bitters, and it all goes down leaving plenty of delicious pear flavor in the throat. 

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While this one didn’t quite break either of our top fives for sparkling drinks, we did agree that its tasty pear and pine flavors do make it stand out, and it’s about as true to the song as a cocktail could get. 

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“While a fairly inspired conceptual cocktail, this one wasn’t exactly a favorite of mine; the combination of sweet pear, pine, and champagne did create a very interesting flavor but not one where any of the elements really stood out or would be noticed by somebody who didn’t read the recipe. As with many champagne cocktails, I really did enjoy and appreciate it, but I do think that a good sparkling wine simply does best when standing on its own.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“I’m typically a huge fan of mixing sparkling wine with pear, but this recipe just didn’t blow me away like a few other bubbly cocktails have. Even with the addition of pine and spruce flavors, which were prominent, in my opinion, I didn’t get much complexity from this drink overall. It could’ve been the liqueur or the sparkling wine we used that made me find it a little bland, but I would request a Minute to Midnight or Santa Baby before revisiting this one again.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season by Jessica Strand.

Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
Very Merry Cocktails: 50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season
Hardcover Book; Strand, Jessica (Author); English (Publication Language); 128 Pages – 09/22/2020 (Publication Date) – Chronicle Books (Publisher)
$19.95

AuthorVery Merry Cocktails

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 4 oz Sparkling Wine
 1 oz Pear Eau De Vie
 1 dash Spruce & Birch Bitters
 1 Pear Wedge

Method
1

Add pear eau de vie, pine syrup, and bitters to a cocktail glass.

2

Stir gently for 3-5 seconds.

3

Top with sparkling wine.

4

Garnish with pear wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 4 oz Sparkling Wine
 1 oz Pear Eau De Vie
 1 dash Spruce & Birch Bitters
 1 Pear Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add pear eau de vie, pine syrup, and bitters to a cocktail glass.

2

Stir gently for 3-5 seconds.

3

Top with sparkling wine.

4

Garnish with pear wedge.

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Make It a Mocktail: Use Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the sparkling wine and Monin Non-Alcoholic Pear Syrup in place of the brandy or liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas-inspired cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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Kohler Mint Cocoa Cocktail Recipe

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Cranberry Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

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