Homemade simple syrup turns this Ginger Pear Bourbon Martini into a seasonal favorite. It’s the ultimate winter cocktail.
This Ginger Pear Bourton Martini has a warm bourbon undertone, with a sweet note from the pear nectar and a spicy finish the ginger simple syrup.
You’re going to love it as a holiday cocktail. It’s a crowd pleaser and a fun one to serve because it’s unique. We have a few more great cocktail ideas to check out right here: holiday cocktail recipes.
There is some prep involved in this pear ginger martini, but it’s worth it! The pear ginger simple syrup is so good, and it can be used in other drinks, like a Pear Ginger Moscow Mule (yum!).
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Pear ginger simple syrup – Honey, water, pear, cinnamon stick, and ginger.
- Bourbon – You can use any brand of bourbon you like. Our favorite is Bulleit Bourbon, but we have a bunch of others in the bar that we use too.
- Pear nectar – I like to use pear nectar instead of pear juice, but you can use either – whatever is easiest to find.
- Lemon juice – Freshly squeezed
- Garnish – Pear slices and sprigs of rosemary.
How to Make Pear Ginger Simple Syrup
The simple syrup is the time consuming part of this cocktail, but it’s also the star of the show. You can make this as far ahead of time as you like and store it in the refrigerator.
Start by pealing and chopping the pear and ginger. The pear should be cut into 1″ or less squares. For the ginger you only need a 1″ piece. I like to slice it in half or thirds to impart more flavor.
In a small sauce pan, combine the water, honey, pear, cinnamon and ginger. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk or stir it until the honey dissolves, so it doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.
Then reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. It will cook down a little bit in that time, so it’s more syrupy, but not thick. You can put the lid on the pan to keep too much liquid from evaporating. Remove it from the heat and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. All that delicious pear and ginger flavor will have come out in the syrup. Refrigerate the simple syrup until chilled and ready to use.
How to Make a Ginger Pear Bourbon Martini
Along with the bourbon and simple syrup, you’ll also need pear nectar. I like to use pear nectar instead of pear juice, but you can use either – whatever is easiest to find.
Combine the bourbon, pear nectar, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Vigorously shake until chilled.
Divide the cocktail among two martini glasses and garnish with a slice of pear and a sprig of rosemary or thyme (optional). Dust with a bit of powdered sugar for added effect.
You can also serve this cocktail over ice, if you prefer. I think it looks amazing as a martini, but it can be served in a highball or lowball glass over ice for a more festive cocktail.
What Bourbon to Use
You can use any brand of bourbon you like in this Pear Bourbon Martini. Our favorite is Bulleit Bourbon, but we have a bunch of others in the bar that we use too.
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This Ginger Pear Bourbon Martini is fruity and sweet with a kick.
For the Pear Ginger Simple Syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 pear (2 slices reserved for garnish)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 piece of ginger
For the cocktail
- 4 oz bourbon
- 2 oz pear nectar
- 2 oz pear ginger simple syrup
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Slice of pear, sprig of rosemary, for garnish
- For the simple syrup, peel and chop the pear and ginger. The pear should be cut into 1" or less squares. For the ginger you only need a 1" piece. I like to slice it in half or thirds to impart more flavor.
- Combine water, honey, pear, cinnamon and ginger in a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir until honey dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Take off the heat and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain and discard the solids. Refrigerate until chilled and ready to use.
- Combine bourbon, pear nectar, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Vigorously shake until chilled.
- Divide between two martini glasses and garnish with a slice of pear and sprig of rosemary for garnish.
- You can serve this cocktail over ice in a lowball glass if you'd like.
- Try to find pear nectar for this cocktail, but if you can't find it you can use pear juice instead.
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