The perfect drink for your holiday table, this pear gin cocktail uses fresh fruit and homemade rosemary simple syrup to create an easy, elevated holiday cocktail.
This refreshing cocktail doesn’t contain any cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or other traditional fall spice. And we’re garnishing the drink with fresh pear and rosemary instead of a cinnamon stick making it the perfect festive cocktail for those wanting a break from holiday spices.
I love celebrating the holiday season with fancy cocktails! But I don’t want to spend a lot of time mixing up something super complicated. Which is where this gin and pear cocktail comes in.
Getting its flavor from fresh fruit instead of pear liqueur or pear juice, this easy recipe creates a light drink that’s a great addition to your holiday drink menu.
Infused homemade simple syrup is a fun and easy way to elevate a drink. The rosemary syrup in this gin cocktail mixes up quickly and can be made well in advance of when you want to serve your drinks.
- Gin - Choose your favorite gin for this recipe. Don't have one? New to gin? Try a London Dry Gin like Beefeater.
- Rosemary simple syrup - This three ingredient simple syrup is easy to make a home in less than 5 minutes.
- Ginger liqueur - I love what ginger liqueur brings to this cocktail. If you can't find any or don't want to invest in a bottle, use ginger simple syrup instead.
- A lemon - Fresh lemon juice is always the best choice. You'll need half a lemon (or less) for this recipe.
- A pear - Super ripe, fresh pears only for this recipe since you're muddling the fresh fruit.
How to Make a Pear Gin Cocktail
Place the slice of pear and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
Using a muddler, gently crush and break up the pear to create a pear puree.
Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
Add gin, rosemary simple syrup, and ginger liqueur.
Double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and/or a slice of pear.
Making Rosemary Simple Syrup
Rosemary syrup is super easy to make at home. You only need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes! Get the directions on my Rosemary Simple Syrup page.
- The riper the pear, the better the flavor and the easier it is to crush. While it might be tempting to use an under ripe pear in this drink, using one that’s super ripe will give you the most pear flavor.
- Chill your simple syrup. While you can use it at room temperature, simple syrup is best in a drink when it’s cold. Make your rosemary simple syrup ahead of time and let it hang out in the refrigerator for several hours (or days) before using.
FAQs and Substitutions
Double straining is when you pour the finished drink from your cocktail shaker through a small, fine mesh strainer held over your glass. In this recipe, this step is what keeps the crushed pear pieces out of your cocktail. If you don’t have a fine mesh sieve or don’t care about pear pieces in your drink, you can skip this step.
Choose your favorite bottle of gin. I love New Holland Knickerbocker Gin in my drinks. Beefeater would also be a great gin in this recipe.
I love bartlett pears in this drink, but red pears, bosc pears, or anjou pears would all be delicious as well.
If you can’t find ginger liqueur, pear liqueur or pear brandy are delicious substitutions. Or you can make some ginger simple syrup and use that in place of the liqueur.
Squeeze a real lemon for this drink. You’ll need about ½ of a fresh lemon, depending on its size. Fresh juice makes such a difference in a recipe that only has 5 ingredients.