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This pear martini recipe is full of sweet, delicate flavor! It’s an impressive cocktail for fall and winter entertaining.

Pear martini

Here’s a unique cocktail with an impressive sweet flavor: the Pear Martini! This drink is great for fall and winter entertaining, and to be honest: it caught us off guard with its delicate, sweet flavor. Pear comes in two waves: a muddled fresh pear brings brightness, and pear vodka infuses a strong fruity aroma. Paired with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup, it’s truly stunning! We couldn’t stop sneaking sips.

What’s in a pear martini?

A pear martini is a fruity variation on a flavored vodka martini. You can make it in many ways, but it’s traditionally made with pear vodka to infuse the most flavor of this delicate fruit. How to accessorize the pear vodka is up to the mixologist! We chose to pair the flavored vodka with a fresh pear to infuse even more fruity flavor, then add a few hints of citrus to amp it up. Here’s what you’ll need for this pear martini recipe:

Pear martini

More about pear vodka (and substitutions)

Do you need pear vodka for a Pear Martini? Yes. The flavored vodka really does bring in a strength in flavor that a fresh pear can’t do on its own. Here are a few notes about it:

  • Pear vodka is sold by several different brands. Some common brands are Absolut Pear Vodka and Grey Goose La Poire Vodka. You can also find Wild Roots, Skyy, Smirnoff, Veil, and more.
  • You should be able to find it at your local liquor store. Typically the store will have a few different varieties. We used Absolut Pear Vodka here.
  • Can you substitute anything? We don’t recommend it, but you could increase the fresh pear and use classic vodka.

How to make this pear martini recipe

This pear martini recipe could not be easier, once you’ve gotten ahold of the pear vodka! Simply muddle the pear, then shake with the remaining ingredients. Here are a few tips before you scroll to the recipe below:

  • Find a ripe pear. The riper the better here!
  • Muddle the pear aggressively. You can have a heavy hand: you’ll want the pear fully mushed. It may be juicy or more like a paste or sauce: that’s ok!
  • Add the remaining ingredients and ice, and shake. Shake it up until it’s cold.
  • Strain and garnish. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a thinly sliced pear. Easy!
Pear martini recipe

More fall & winter cocktails

This pear martini is one in a long list of fall and winter cocktails using seasonal ingredients: apple cider, cranberry, pumpkin, pomegranate, and more! Here are some favorite fall drinks:

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Pear Martini

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This pear martini recipe is full of sweet, delicate flavor! It’s an impressive cocktail for fall and winter entertaining.


  • 1/2 fresh ripe pear
  • 2 ounces pear vodka
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters


  1. Chop the half pear, then place it in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle until it’s fully mashed.
  2. To the cocktail shaker, add the pear vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange bitters. Add 1 handful ice, then shake until cold. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pear slice.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Pear martini

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Hi. I already wrote asking if I could use maple syrup or agave instead of simple syrup. I anxioulsy await your reply ! However–I also had a question wqith regards to this cocktail– recipe calls for 1/2 a pear muddled –seems like a lot . In the photo of the drink the liquid looks quite clear.– but I am wondering if this half pear makes it more thick than it looks in the pic? Is the drink more like a smoothie consistency?
    And lastly could bottled pear nectar work instead of the fresh pear?