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
- Total Time: 37 minute
- Yield: 5 to 6 1x
Honey Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktails & Mocktails
- 6 steckler pears or 1 lb pear sliced in half
- ¼ to ⅓ cup honey, divided
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoons apple juice or water
- Pinch of ground clove
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 24–28 ounces sparkling wine, champagne, or sparkling 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 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, ⅛ teaspoon 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 tablespoon 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.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20-25
- 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.
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?
Hi Lindsey! I’m wondering if I need to peel the pears after baking/before pureeing? Also can I make this a day ahead and keep in the fridge? Can’t wait to try this for Thanksgiving!!
Either really! I used small seckel pears, which had thin skin, so they blended nicely. If you use larger bartlett pears with thicker skin, you might want to peel the skin. Does that make sense?
Im sorry, ive done so much research on the pear type you used, could you link me to pages where this pear exist?
Here you go! http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Seckel_Pears_6582.php but you can also use regular green pear, no prob. Just about a pound or so
OMG…these look incredible!
I will make you dinner if you whip me up a pitcher of these. Deal? Deal. Great.
done deal my friend!
I think I’m in love with this cocktail, it looks PERFECT!
thanks friend! hope you give it a whirl!
This looks absolutely amazing!
Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
These look so tasty, and the photos are lovely!!
This is one seriously gorgeous cocktail that I am thinking needs to be on my Thanksgiving table! That sugared rim is so stunning!
Thanks friend! I’ll save you a glass!
Such a stunning cocktails and pretty pictures.
Thanks so much Asha!
These sound so tasty! I love pears-
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
These are absolutely beautiful Lindsay! I love the flavors! Cheers to a Happy Thanksgiving!
Traci | Vanilla And Bean
OMGah! Lindsay… this has my name written all over it… and yes, I’ve had a pear cocktail before, but only where the simple was infused. I love that you’ve included a pear puree’ ! And I agree… hello whiskey! I just picked up a new bottle for the holidays and I’m completely smitten! I’ve never been to Steamboat CO, but would love to visit someday. Sending you and your’s my best for a restful (really, Linds…. restful) and beautiful holiday my dear! xo
Oh thank you friend! I wish we could have Thanksgiving together. We need a weekend of catch up and slow down. Haha!
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
1. Champagne is my jam, so I LOVE these 2. Freaking love the balsamic vinegar <– so unique! 3. Literally drooling over these photos.
come for a glass .. or 2!
dixya @food, pleasure, and health
im not too crazy about cocktails but this one sounds so freaking good, esp with pear puree.
Prettiest drinks ever!
What a perfect drink to recreate!!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
You know I’m always up for a drink or TWO! Hehe love how this recipe came about from a real life experience. That’s what they all should be about.
Heather S Christo
these are stunning Lindsay!
So fancy and delicious looking! YUM!
INSANELY PERFECT. I’m spiking the crap out of these with champagne!! 🙂
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I’m a fan of anything that involves sparkling. Or whiskey. This looks so delicious! I used to make a special cocktail every year for our Christmas Eve party. Now we’re all spread out and don’t do those anymore, but I think I still deserve a special cocktail. Pinned this to try!!!
Okay so thought of you!! The place I went added whiskey to This!! Let me know if you try it
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I know! I was like “step aside vodka… this is a job to whiskey!”
Totally! It’s just vodka is more easy to find gluten free and “clean.” We love Tito’s . But dang, whiskey is perfect. I should mention it anyway and suggest a GF brand
I’m new to your blog and I love it! Thank you.
I appreciate the mocktail – I don’t drink anymore and there are so few ways to socially drink without alcohol that aren’t boring! I’ll give this pear cocktail a try. Keep up the great work.
I’m so glad I could help Kimball! Please keep me posted and don’t hesitate to reach out.
Liz @ Floating Kitchen
So so so very in love with this cocktail (and these stunning photos!). I think pears are such an underused ingredients, especially in drinks, and so glad you’re giving them some attention! Cheers!