Pear, Poire

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Cocktail History

The Pear, Poire is a pear-flavored sparkling wine cocktail that was created by Nick Mautone and included in his book The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails. It takes the French 75 formula and swaps gin for pear liqueur to create a delightfully palatable recipe.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Dry Sparkling Wine: This is the base spirit. We used Freixenet Brut because it features pear, apple, and citrus, flavor with notes of grapefruit, lemon, almond, and toast.

Pear Liqueur: This is a fruit liqueur that adds pear flavor. We used Mathilde Poire Liqueur because it offers rich flavor and is a high quality liqueur.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

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

Bartlett Pear: This is diced to add fresh pear flavor when mixed with the other ingredients.

Pear Slice: This is the garnish. It adds more fresh pear aroma.

Tasting Notes

In the book, Mautone recommends serving the Pear, Poire with diced pears still in the glass, but we opted for letting the pears sit in the liquid mixture before pouring so the flavors would soak in without inhibiting the bubbles. The result features the classic aromas of brut champagne with citrus and pear notes plus the dry flavor of champagne mixed with tasty pear sweetness and chased with a touch of lemon bitterness.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both enjoyed this drink. Sans spirit, it’s essentially pear-flavored champagne, which makes it a great pick for fall festivities filled with guests who don’t drink quite as often as we do. If we made it again for just the two of us though, we’d probably get creative with bitters or add gin back into the mix to complement the pear liqueur.

Alex’s Take: “This is basically a French 75 riff that substitutes pear liqueur for the gin and lowers the simple syrup. The original recipe for this cocktail is also for a serving of six, which explains why its such an inoffensive and overly-palatable drink designed for a group. I definitely don’t hate it, but if you were to tell me it’s just a pear-flavored champagne, I would be none the wiser. The recipe also calls for soaking your pear liqueur/sugar/lemon mixture IN pears, which we did, but I’m not quite sure whether or not a lot of R&D actually went into that decision because it didn’t seem to add much to the drink itself.”

Kendall’s Take: “This recipe smells like champagne and tastes like champagne with a hint of pear flavor. If you’re throwing a fall cocktail party, this would be a great celebratory drink that would appeal to the masses while staying on theme. I would be surprised if your guests even knew this was a cocktail though. It really does just seem like a flavored bubbly. If it were me, I’d just go with one of those instead of asking a bartender to go through the trouble of making this cocktail.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails by Nick Mautone.

The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails: The Best Nogs, Punches, Sparklers, and Mixed Drinks for Every Festive Occasion
The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails: The Best Nogs, Punches, Sparklers, and Mixed Drinks for Every Festive Occasion
Hardcover Book; Mautone, Nick (Author); English (Publication Language); 128 Pages – 10/17/2017 (Publication Date) – Artisan (Publisher)
$12.95

AuthorThe Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 Dry Sparkling Wine
 ½ oz Pear Liqueur
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ Bartlett Pear
 1 Pear Slice

Method
1

Add pear liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and diced pear to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 10-15 seconds to combine.

3

Pour pear mixture into a champagne glass.

4

Top with sparkling wine.

5

Garnish with pear slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 Dry Sparkling Wine
 ½ oz Pear Liqueur
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 ¼ Bartlett Pear
 1 Pear Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add pear liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and diced pear to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 10-15 seconds to combine.

3

Pour pear mixture into a champagne glass.

4

Top with sparkling wine.

5

Garnish with pear slice.

Pear, Poire

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More Fruit Cocktails

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

Pear Cobbler: A brandy cocktail made with lemon sour mix, pear liqueur, triple sec, and a dried pear slice

Apple Crush: An apply brandy and vodka cocktail made with apple cider, lemon juice, simple syrup, maple sugar, honeycrisp apple, and a cinnamon stick

Blueberry Mint Julep: A bourbon cocktail made with blueberry syrup, mint, and blueberries

Raspberry Margarita: A tequila cocktail made with lime juice, triple sec, raspberry syrup, and raspberries

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