Celebrate the season with these Honey Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktails and Mocktails! The easiest festive cocktails made with sparkling wine, champagne, or grapefruit juice, then blended with a honey roasted pear puree, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a touch of vanilla! Simple, light, delicious.
Hello Holiday week! Oh my heavens, let the madness begin. But first, let me pass you a cocktail. Honey Roasted Pear Sparklers! Gah.. this drink it the answer to all our problems. Okay I am kidding. You know this. But this Sparkling Cocktails (and Mocktails) recipe has a backstory that you can probably related to . Plus, it’s a cocktail recipe made with simple real food (and wine). I am happy to justify my reasons why you should try it. But I’ll get to that in a minute too. Mmmm k?
Alright, the quick backstory and then I’ll make you feel all sparkly and cozy with this recipe. Gosh, did I just say that? Haha! CORNY indeed.
Last month we took a trip to Steamboat Springs Colorado to meet up with my parents. It was a short trip, but so worth it. A long week and spent of hiking, catching up, and exploring the cutest town EVER! Did you know that I actually grew up spending my summers in Steamboat. Le sigh… another fond memory. But I digress, back to the cocktail. Grown up talk!
One of the places we went in Steamboat was a new whiskey distillery. I can’t even remember the name. It was one of those little hole in the wall places that my mom had on her “MUST DO” list. And of course, you always do what’s on mom’s list, right? LOL.
At this new distillery they had lots of samples and fun cocktails to try. We all ordered something different and tried each other’s drinks. The one drink that stood out to me the most was this roasted Pear sparkler cocktail. It sounded to divine! Now of course, this cocktail had their own whiskey in it, which unfortunately was not gluten-free. So I ordered a Negroni and cried in the corner. Just kidding. But I did ask them what else was in their roasted pear cocktail. I took notes and ever since then I’ve been DYING to see if I could re-create it myself. Tailoring it to be gluten-free.
Now you see where I’m going with this. These sparkling cocktails are brought to you by a wacky weekend get away with hilarious family moments (which shall never be revealed ) and trying out new cocktails. Or in my case, coveting the cocktail I REALLY wanted to try. Ahhh, what memories.
This Holiday week, since we can’t be with my family, so I’m going to make my version of that sparkling cocktail and think of them. I think you should make it for your family too! And don’t worry, I’ll give you the mocktail version to be safe.❤
- Honey roasted pears, which you will turn into a purée —> AMAZING
- Sparkling wine or grapefruit juice for the non-alcholic version —> REFRESING
- Fall spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), plus sugared rims and fall herbs garnish —> SO FESTIVE and COZY!
That’s pretty much it! . Are you so shocked at this cocktail? Such simple ingredients. No need to buy simple syrup or liquor. This sparkling cocktails recipe is made with things right in your pantry. Refined sugar free. Heck ya!Print
Honey Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktails & Mocktails
- 6 steckler pears or 1 lb pear sliced in half
- 1/4 to 1/3 c honey (divided)
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (divided)
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsp apple juice or water
- Pinch of ground clove
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 24–28 ounces sparkling wine, champagne, or sparking white grape juice
- Brown sugar or coconut palm sugar to coat rims of glasses (optional)
- Optional 1 ounce of vodka or whiskey (see notes for gluten free brands)
- Fresh thyme, sage, or rosemary
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet or grease it well. Slice your pears in halves or quarters. Remove the stems.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, and pinch of ground nutmeg. Brush this over the pears, evenly.
- Place pears in oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, until soft and pears are browned on bottom. If you are using larger pears, they will take longer to roast. Steckler Pears take closer to 22 minutes.
Remove from oven. Once cooled, scoop out the seeds from the pears.
- Place your honey roasted pears in a blender or food processor with vanilla and 2 tbsp juice or water. Blend until puréed.
- Add puréed pears to large glass pitcher or glass serving bowl. Let it chill before serving.
- Once ready to serve, add a pinch of ground clove, 3 to 4 more tablespoons of honey, 24-28 ounces sparkling white wine, champagne, or sparking white grape juice to the pitcher or bowl. Stir together. Optional 1 ounce of vodka if you would like the sparkling cocktails less sweet with a bolder liquor flavor.
- Coat wine classes or cocktail classes in brown sugar or coconut sugar. Then pour 5- 6 ounces of the sparkling cocktail mix into each class.
- Garnish with a sprig of thyme, sage, or rosemary (optional)
FOR MOCKTAIL, sparkling white grape juice or apple juice works best.
NOTES for champagne option: I found that you don’t need the vodka if you are using champagne. It’s flavorful enough with just the champagne.
If you are adding the optional 1 ounce of vodka or whiskey, adjust to your taste/liking. Add more honey if desired. For Whiskey, be sure to look fo gluten free brands.
- Category: drink/cocktail
- Cuisine: drink/cocktail
I’m hoping that you do have a bottle of sparkling wine or bubbly in your fridge at all times. That’s a necessity.
Make it in batches, in a glass pitcher, bowl, or just by the glass.
Fun Serving tip! I bought these cocktail glasses at a thrift store for a dollar. Yep! And we’re ready to party.
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So cheers to you all and a perfect start holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving you guys!
What’s your favorite festive cocktail? Have you ever tried a pear cocktail?