Learn how to make the best homemade Whiskey Pear Cocktail.
Our easy whiskey cocktail is a favourite in the Fall at Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in the Winter. We suggest shaking up this festive cocktail when pears are fresh at your local farmers market and throughout the colder months of the year.
This comforting Ginger Pear Cocktail recipe features premium whiskey, pear liqueur, freshly pressed pear juice, ginger syrup, pear bitters, egg white, ground nutmeg, crystalized ginger and dried pear.
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Travel The World to Taste Whiskey
There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best WhiskeyPear Cocktail recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best whiskey distilleries.
Some of the world’s most famous whiskey/whisky distilleries can be found in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The booming whiskey trend has also produced a high demand for premium whiskey produced by distilleries in Canada and America.
In Scotland we enjoyed a scenic road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay Scotch whisky distilleries. If you’re looking to experience the best things to do on the Isle of Islay visit award-winning distilleries like Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore.
Fly over to Ireland and you’ll find plenty of fine whiskey produced by famous distilleries like Jamesons and Bushmills. There’s no better way to educate yourself about Irish Whiskey then by taking a tour of Jameson Distillery near Cork and Bushmills along the Causeway Coast. They’re both worth a day trip from Dublin.
Looking to plan the ultimate road trip of Canada to discover the best Canadian whisky?
Types of Whiskey
The wonderful world of whiskey can be confusing for newbies as there is a lot more variety compared to vodka and gin.
Whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash or by distilling beer. Various grains are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.
The best way to familiarize yourself with whiskey and find a new favourite is by sipping as many varieties as you can. You’ll find single malt whiskies, blended whiskies, single pot still whiskey and and everything in between.
OurPear Cocktail recipe features premium whiskey and the flavour profile of the cocktail can be adjusted to suit your tastes based on whichever bottle you chose. Add a Bourbon to your cocktail shaker and you’ll enjoy a sweeter flavour. Or grab a bottle of Islay Scotch to experience peaty undertones.
- Scotch: is made in Scotland with either malt or grain. The spirit must age in an oak barrel for at least three years. Many of the top Scotch bottles are revered for their peaty character. Popular Scotch brands include Johnnie Walker, Ballantine’s and Ardbeg.
- Irish Whiskey: has a smoother flavor than other types of whiskey. It’s made from a mash of malt, can only be distilled using water and caramel coloring, and must be distilled in wooden casks for at least three years. Popular Irish whiskey brands include Jamesons, Bushmills and Green Spot.
- Bourbon: An American-style whiskey, bourbon is made from corn. In fact, to be called bourbon whiskey, the spirit needs to be made from at least 51% corn, aged in a new oak barrel and produced in America. It has no minimum aging period and needs to be bottled at 80 proof or more. Popular Bourbon brands include Ezra Brooks, Wild Turkey and Maker’s Mark.
- Canadian Whisky: must be barrel-aged for at least three years. It’s lighter and smoother than other types of whiskey because it contains a high percentage of corn. You will find that most Canadian whiskies are made from corn and rye, but can also include wheat and barley. Popular Canadian whisky brands include Canadian Club, JP Wiser’s and Wayne Gretzky Estates.
HomemadePear Cocktail Recipe
Our favourite time of year to shake up this cocktail is during the Autumn around Thanksgiving when all of the leaves are changing colour. We pick up a few baskets of freshly plucked pears at the local farmers market in October so we can make pear muffins, apple & pear pork Normandy and this elegant pear cocktail recipe.
This popular Fall and Winter cocktail recipe features several layers of pear flavour: luxurious Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, Pear Bitters, homemade pear juice and dried spiced pear.
Making homemade pear juice is very easy. Simply peel and remove the core of 2-3 ripe pears and blitz them in your blender. Strain the blended pear pulp through a fine metal sieve and you’re ready to go!
If you’re in a rush you can also purchase pear juice or pear nectar at the grocery store. You may also want to visit your local farmers market as many apple farmers who sell cold pressed apple cider also offer pear juice during the harvest season. That’s usually late August to early October in Ontario.
We’ve tested thisPear Cocktail recipe many times and find whiskey offers the best pairing. You can also substitute whiskey for rum, vodka, or gin if that’s what you prefer.
Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment
Before hosting a swanky WhiskeyPear Cocktail soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.
- Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
- Cocktail Shaker: a bartenders best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
- Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
- Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
- Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
- Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
- Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
- Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
- Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
- Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
- Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
- Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
- Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
- Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
- Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
- Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
Pear Cocktail Ingredients
Our easyPear Cocktail is made with the best fresh ingredients:
- Whiskey: we tested this recipe with Ardbeg Scotch, Green Spot Irish Whiskey and Canadian Wayne Gretzky Estates Red Cask.
- Pear Liqueur: we suggest using French Belle de Brillet but you can also use Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear Eau de Vie or Spiced Pear Liqueur from St. George Spirits.
- Pear Juice: we suggest making your own pear juice but you can also purchase Knudsen Pear Juice or Gerber Pear Juice.
- Syrup: we use Organic Ginger Syrup by The Ginger People but you could also make your own homemade simple syrup and add a teaspoon of minced fresh ginger during the boiling process to infuse it with flavour.
- Bitters: we use Dillon’s Pear Bitters but you could also substitute for Angostura bitters.
- Egg White Foam: when you mix this vigorously in a cocktail shaker the raw egg white transforms into a creamy foam, which adds a desirable mouthfeel to the drink. If you don’t like consuming raw egg feel free to omit it.
- Ground Nutmeg: sprinkle freshly ground nutmeg over the egg white foam for a festive spice aromatic experience.
- Crystallized Ginger: we use thick slices of Crystallized Ginger from The Ginger People.
- Dried Pear: you can make your own homemade oven dried pear or purchase Dried California Pears.
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HomemadePear Cocktail Tips
ThisPear Cocktail recipe is easy to make at home, ready to serve in 5-10 minutes. We love serving Pear Cocktails at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Our Pear Drink recipe serves one person. If you’re hosting a large gathering feel free to multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and muddle the drink in a punch bowl or jug rather than a cocktail shaker.
How To Make the Best Pear Cocktail Recipe
Whiskey Pear Cocktail
- French knife
- vegetable peeler
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail Glass
- Shot Glass
- 1.5 oz Whiskey
- 0.5 oz Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur
- 3 oz Pear Juice
- 0.5 oz Ginger Syrup
- 1 Egg white
- 2 dashes Pear Bitters
- Dehydrated Pear
- Ground Nutmeg
- Crystalized Ginger
- In a cocktail shaker, add 2 ice cubes, whiskey, Belle de Brillet, pear juice, ginger syrup, egg white and pear bitters.
- Shake contents of the cocktail shaker for 45 seconds – 1 minute to help froth up the egg white. The cocktail shaker should feel cold to the touch when finished.
- Pour contents of the cocktail shaker into a rock glass through a fine sieve. This will catch any leftover egg white and can be discarded.
- Garnish Whiskey Pear Drink Cocktail with a dehydrated pear, crystallized ginger and sprinkle with ground nutmeg.
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