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Sparkling Pear Cocktail with Bourbon

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!

two sparkling bourbon pear cocktails with pear garnishes

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

cinnamon simple syrup in a jar

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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. Highball glasses (also known as collins glasses) are my favorite for fizzy drinks like this one.

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.

**Cocktail tip – use bottled or filtered water in your ice cube trays. The ice cubes will appear clear instead of foggy.**

sparkling wine being poured into the 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!

Where can I find pear juice?

Large grocery stores will have pear juice in the juice aisle, but if you’re from a smaller town, it may be more difficult to find. Check the ethnic food aisle or the baby food aisle – that’s where I found mine.

You can also find pear juice on Amazon, or you can juice your own. You will need a fruit juicer, but fresh pear juice is delightful. Don’t take my word for it; try it yourself!

sparkling bourbon pear cocktail without garnish

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:

one sparkling bourbon pear cocktail with a pear garnish

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.

sparkling bourbon pear cocktail

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.

If using a collins glass, I would go with a slice of pear on a cocktail pick.

pear garnish in a sparkling bourbon pear cocktail

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two sparkling bourbon pear cocktails with pear garnishes

Sparkling Pear Cocktail

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!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 607kcal

Ingredients

Cocktail

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 146g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 129g
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Kim

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

What time of pear juice? Where do you find pear juice?

Jenny

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Hi Kim! I found it in the juice aisle of my grocery store.