Celebrate the season with these Sparkly Wine Pear Cocktails and Mocktails! The easiest festive cocktails, they’re made with sparkling wine, champagne, or grapefruit juice, and blended with a honey roasted pear puree, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a touch of vanilla! Simple, light, delicious.
Note: This recipe was originally published as Roasted Pear Sparkling Cocktails and Mocktails and has since been updated to make it even easier for you!
Why You’ll Love These Pear Cocktails
These pear cocktails are unlike anything else we’ve ever tried! A sparkly wine cocktail, they’re made with a variety of ingredients like warm spices, fresh pears, and tangy bourbon. YUM.
- Restaurant-worthy: Beautiful in appearance and served with a sugared rim, these beverages have the appearance of cocktails you’d expect to find at a five-star restaurant.
- Made with fresh pears: We use fresh pears to create a sweet, bold pear flavor and thicker texture while adding a few nutrients. Fresh fruit means this recipe is healthy, right?
- Festive: Sparkly and topped with fresh herbs, this recipe is perfect for the holidays.
- Great for a crowd: One batch makes enough for six people and can easily be doubled or tripled for a party!
What’s In a Sparkly Wine Cocktail with Pears?
Just a handful of ingredients come together to make these sparkly wine cocktails!
- Sliced Pear – Ripe Anjou pears are best. If you can’t find Anjou pears, Bartlett will also work. Your spiced pear cocktail just won’t be quite as sweet.
- Water – Use this to blend the pears into a purée.
- Mulling Spices – If you can’t find mulling spices at your local grocery store, use five tablespoons whole cloves, 3 star anise, and ½ teaspoon orange peel instead.
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Ground Ginger – If preferred, you could use finely minced fresh ginger instead.
- Vanilla Extract
- Honey – Substitute maple syrup, if preferred.
- Chilled Prosecco – Substitute sparkling apple juice or ginger ale for pear mocktails.
- Bourbon – Whiskey may be substituted if you don’t want a bourbon cocktail. Or, you can leave the extra alcohol out completely.
- Egg Whites or another liquid such as Citrus Juice– Make sure no egg yolks are mixed in. You can use either of these to wet the rim of the wine glass before coating in sugar!
- Sugar – Use brown sugar or coconut palm sugar to coat the rims. This is optional but makes your cocktails super pretty, and the sugar tastes great!
- Fresh Herbs – Thyme, sage, or rosemary.
How to Make Pear Cocktails and Mocktails
This recipe comes together quickly with minimal prep work and a total time of about 30 minutes!
*Flavor tip – if you want to go the extra mile for flavor, then slice and bake or roast the pears before blending.
- Blend. Place the peeled pears and water in a high-speed blender. Blend until a smooth consistency is formed.
Ingredient Swap: For less prep time, feel free to substitute the whole pears with pear nectar juice instead.
- Simmer. Add the pear purée to a small pot along with the spices and vanilla. Allow the mixture to simmer over medium-low heat to infuse the flavors.
- Mix. Remove the mixture from the heat, and mix in the maple syrup, and allow it to cool. Then, strain the liquid, transfer it to a sealable jar, and place it in the fridge to chill.
- Rim. Place the sugar on a plate, and coat the rim of your wine glasses, martini glasses, or cocktail glasses with egg white. Dip the glasses in the sugar.
- Combine. Divide the pear syrup between the glasses followed by the wine (or juice for mocktails). Then, stir in the bourbon, if using.
- Garnish. Add ice to each glass, and garnish with fresh herbs before serving. Cheers!
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
We don’t recommend making the entire cocktails in advance as they will become watery. However, we do recommend preparing the simple syrup ahead of time!
For the best results, transfer the spiced pear syrup to an airtight container, and store it in the fridge for up to a week.
Flavor tip – if you want to go the extra mile for flavor, slice and bake the pears before blending to make the pear syrup.
Common Questions About This Pear Cocktail Recipe
We haven’t tested it and can’t guarantee your results, but we think peaches would work well!
Sure! Feel free to experiment to find the flavor combination you like best. For instance, you could use pear vodka, elderflower liqueur, pear brandy, pear gin, tequila, or orange bitters.
Yes, feel free to swap the juice with whatever non-alcoholic mixer you like best. We think pear juice, ginger beer, and apple cider would all taste great.
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