This sparkling pear cocktail with bourbon is a delicious combination of champagne, bourbon and pear juice. It’s easy to make and perfect for Christmas or everyday!
I am and have been a bourbon fan for a very long time. It started many years ago while on a trip to Louisville.
That foray down the Bourbon Trail sealed my fate.
Since then, I have tried many bourbons and definitely have a favorite bourbon or two. I’ve even fallen for several rye whiskeys along the way.
Neat or on the rocks, bourbon – you have my heart.
And the same goes for bourbon cocktails. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
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Sparkling Pear Cocktail with Bourbon
I’ve been experimenting with bourbon cocktails for the last few months and my favorite right now is this sparkling bourbon pear cocktail.
Easy to make and super delicious.
Start by making some cinnamon simple syrup. I used cinnamon simple syrup in my orange red wine spritzer cocktail and make batches of it often.
This takes about 10 minutes and then you need to let it cool for another 20-30 minutes or so.
This little break is a great time to prep some appetizers…
**Cocktail tip – use bottled or filtered water in your ice cube trays. The ice cubes will appear clear instead of foggy.**
After the simple syrup cools, add it, bourbon, lemon juice, and pear juice to a cocktail shaker.
Shake, shake, shake. You know how to do it.
Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice cubes.
I like to use a large, square mold silicone ice cube tray. The ice cubes melt much slower and your drink won’t get watered down.
Top your glass with sparkling wine and voilà! You’re ready to enjoy your sparkling bourbon pear cocktail.
What glass should I use?
You can use many types of glasses for this cocktail.
However, I do *not* recommend using champagne flutes or martini glasses.
Unless you have tiny ice cubes, there will not be enough room for your drink.
Collins glasses and rocks glasses are my favorite for this drink. Just enough room for ice cubes!
What sparkling wine should I use?
You can use champagne, prosecco, or cava in this drink.
This guide to finding great sparkling wines that aren’t champagne is fantastic.
I often use cava for sparkling wine cocktails because it is a little cheaper and just as delicious as champagne.
I talked with our favorite wine expert for his recommendations on easy to find, delicious sparkling wine. He recommends:
Mumm Napa Brut Rose: Their sparkling Rose is pleasant, fruity, and well-priced.
Moët and Chandon: Chandon is similar to Mumm Napa, and all their sparkling wines are recommended.
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs – this is the one if you’re looking for something dry with more complexity and a bottle-aged character.
Roederer Estate Brut: This is classic champagne from California at a fraction of the cost of French versions.
Graham Beck: We recommend Graham Beck’s Brut Rose from South Africa. Their wines are complex and similar to French sparkling. Exact words from our wine expert – “the dude really knows what he is doing.”
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label: This is a bestseller for a reason. Our wine expert likes the floral, stone-fruity notes; this is something you may have already heard of or seen on store shelves.
How should I garnish my sparkling pear cocktail?
Cocktail garnishes aren’t necessary but they make cocktails extra special. There is a reason that bars and restaurants do it.
This drink could be garnished with a cinnamon stuck or a pear.
If using a rocks glass, a cinnamon stick would be a great choice.
- 3 ounces pear juice
- 2 ounces bourbon
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
- sparkling wine (like champagne, prosecco, or cava)
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in pieces
- Combine pear juice, bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously.
- Pour into a glass filled with ice. Top the glass with sparkling wine.
- To make the cinnamon simple syrup, combine water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a small pot. Bring to a boil and then turn off heat. Pour syrup into a glass or jar and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the cinnamon sticks and store in a storage container.
If you're looking for a drink that is less sweet, follow the steps to make cinnamon simple syrup but remove the sugar. Your drink will be slightly watered down but you will get the same cinnamon flavor.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 607Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 146gFiber: 9gSugar: 129gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be correct.