Sparkling Bourbon Pear Cocktail Recipe

Bourbon and Pear Cocktail
Autumn Giles

A velvety roasted pear purée is the key to this batched bourbon drink that says fall without screaming it.

Why this recipe works:

  • Roasting the pears adds depth and concentrates their flavor by cooking out some of their liquid.
  • Maple syrup adds necessary sweetness while deepening the earthy profile of the drink.
  • Batching the mixer a few hours before your party allows for no-fuss presentation.

Recipe Details

Sparkling Bourbon Pear Cocktail Recipe

Active 25 mins
Total 60 mins
Serves 12 servings


For the Roasted Pear Purée:

  • 2 Bartlett pears, cored and sliced into eighths

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, from two lemons

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Bourbon Pear Mixer:

  • 1 cup roasted pear purée

  • 2 cups Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

For Each Cocktail:

  • 1/4 cup Bourbon Pear Mixer

  • 3 tablespoons chilled sparkling wine (from 1 bottle)

  • Ice

  • Additional ground cloves for garnish


  1. For the Roasted Pear Puree: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Arrange the pear slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast until the underside of each slice begins to caramelize, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Add to blender with lemon juice and ground clove and purée until very smooth, or purée in a bowl with an immersion blender.

  2. For the Bourbon Pear Mixer: In a pitcher or quart jar, stir together pear puree, bourbon, and maple syrup. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 4 hours. Stir before serving.

  3. For each cocktail: Fill each glass with ice, add the bourbon pear mixer, and top with sparkling wine. Stir once and sprinkle with ground clove to serve.

Special equipment

Blender or immersion blender

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
66 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 66
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 75mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)