A ripe, juicy pear is a highlight of fall, for sure. Now, introduce that sweet pear to your favorite booze and you’ve got a cocktail that’s as satisfying as zip lining through a foliage-rich New England forest. Here are 11 pear cocktails that are an ideal accompaniment for the crunchy-leaves-and-woolly-sweater season.
Bartlett Pear Margarita at White House Inn, Wilmington, Vermont
Sip the Bartlett Pear Margarita for a boozy autumnal escape at this innovative burgers-and-sushi concept restaurant. The seasonal sip combines Sauza tequila, pear puree and a touch of agave syrup with fresh lime juice, and is poured in a glass is rimmed with brown sugar. Make a reservation at White House Inn.
Spiced Pear Margarita at Davio’s, Boston, Massachusetts
This fall, the Spiced Pear Margarita is served at all eight of Davio’s locations (including Atlanta, New York City, and Philadelphia). It’s made with Don Julio Anejo, Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, ginger simple syrup, pear puree, lemon juice, and cinnamon bitters — and garnished with a vanilla bean and served in a snifter. Make a reservation at Davio’s.
Pear Sangria at Park Avenue Autumn, New York, New York
This restaurant transforms with the changing seasons — no, seriously, everything from the menus to the interior décor get a do-over every three months. At the same time, mixologist Bryan Schneider adds new, complementary cocktails; this fall, it’s the Pear Sangria made with Cognac, spiced pear syrup (fresh-pressed Bartlett pear juice, sugar, and cloves) and lemon juice, topped with Prosecco, and garnished with a pear slice and cinnamon stick. Make a reservation at Park Avenue Autumn.
The Crazy Beautiful at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, Chicago, Illinois
Light and bubbly, and sweet enough so you can skip Halloween treats (nah), the Crazy Beautiful cocktail served here is elegant eye candy and a sip of fall. It’s made with CH Vodka, St. Germaine, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, and a splash of Chateau Elysees and it’s garnished with dried hibiscus petals. Make a reservation at Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen.
Pear + Ginger Martini at BiCE, San Diego, California
Pear and ginger make a nice pair — sweet, meet spicy. The Pear & Ginger Martini served in this upscale Italian restaurant with a primo Gaslamp District address is poured with Purity vodka, fresh blended pear, ginger, Washington buckwheat honey, and Amaretto. Make a reservation at BiCE.
The Pearlicious at Fish Bar at North River Landing, New York, New York
The Fish Bar has a unique setting, especially for NYC — a yacht, with a 3,000-square foot outdoor top deck, and bi-level interior dining space for sunset and skyline views. Right!? Sip the Pearlicious while you soak up the scenery. It’s a blend of Don Q Cristal, coconut rum, pear, and uber-local mint (it’s grown in the restaurant’s garden that serves as the source for the farm-to-cocktail drinks). Make a reservation at North River Landing.
The Woodsman at Beauty & Essex, New York, New York
Known for its inventive cocktails and small plates, this cozy East Village hideaway says hello to fall with The Woodsman, a blend of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Allspice Dram, maple syrup, lemon, and muddled pears. One sip and you’ll long for a pile off just-raked leaves to jump into. Make a reservation at Beauty & Essex.
Mirage at City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mirage at City Tap House is celebrated for its beer (hey, it’s located just steps from University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.) But this fall, Mirage is the drink of choice — it features seven-day-house-infused pear Finlandia Vodka (Anjou and Bartlett pears) with cinnamon, allspice, clove, white cranberry, and lemon. Make a reservation at City Tap House.
Spiced Pear Martini at The Spiced Pear, Newport, Rhode Island
Well, you’d expect to find a spiced pear cocktail on the drink menu at a restaurant named The Spiced Pear, right? The Spiced Pear Martini is made with Absolut Pears Vodka, Amaretto Disaronno, pear nectar, cinnamon, lemon juice — and it’s served year-round just as you’d expect! Make a reservation at The Spiced Pear.
Laurie Bain Wilson is a Boston-based journalist, author, and essayist who writes often about travel, food, and baseball. Find her on Twitter @laurieheather.