Make Ahead


September 11, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Makes one Peartini
Author Notes

The only problem with this recipe is that you should have thought of it last week. Depending on how ripe (or unripe) your pears are, infusing the vodka so that it tastes like liquid pears with a wallop can take from three days to a week. For those in a hurry, you can sub the Grey Goose La Poire for the homemade infusion and add some fresh pear puree. -wssmom —wssmom

Test Kitchen Notes

This is one of the best alcoholic drinks I have had in some time. The last time I had a 'pear' drink, it was vodka with pears that had been soaked in vodka, hanging around in the drink. I still remember the stiff taste of that drink. This wonderful peartini had a perfect finish with every sip. The boozy pear puree smoothed out the vodka perfectly, so the drink had depth and satisfaction. It was a perfectly balanced infusion. I have friends waiting to taste a peartini after they had to hear about it all weekend. I reminded them good things come to those who wait, and this is for sure a good thing! - ashley_samuel_pierson —ashleychasesdinner

What You'll Need
  • Pear-infused vodka
  • 5-6 pretty ripe pears, peeled and cut into chunks
  • A fifth of decent vodka
  • Peartini
  • 1 tablespoon of the boozy pear puree, above
  • 1 1/2 ounces of the pear-infused vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces St. Germain
  • Prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • Slice of pear, for garnish
  1. Pear-infused vodka
  2. Put the pear chunks in a clean, wide-mouth glass jar, fill with vodka, and cover. Put it in the fridge for up to a week, shaking it up every now and then. When you finally run out of patience, strain the vodka through a coffee filter into another vessel. Afterward, take the boozy pears and puree in a food processor or blender.
  1. Peartini
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, shake together a tablespoon of the pear puree, the vodka, and the St. Germain. Strain into a well-chilled martini glass. Float some Prosecco on top and garnish with a pear slice.
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35 Reviews

wrandolph October 1, 2013
We taste-tested and made a few modifications to the recipe. If you want to try yourself:
> Put the Prosecco into the martini glass first, then the other drink elements
> Smaller quantity of St. Germain. About a capful
> Squeeze in fresh lime
meganvt01 September 29, 2012
Wssmom- I adore your recipes so on faith my sister and I made this for a 125 person wedding today. We just had our test drink and these are utterly amazing! I can't wait for our guests to enjoy the drinks.
meganvt01 September 29, 2012
Wssmom- I adore your recipes so on faith my sister and I made this for a 125 person wedding today. We just had our test drink and these are utterly amazing! I can't wait for our guests to enjoy the drinks.
nannydeb October 5, 2011
My vodka is infusing! I'm sure it's gonna be delicious!
wssmom October 5, 2011
The coolest thing is that it just keeps getting better! I have the rest of mine stashed in the freezer ....
gingerroot September 22, 2011
wssmom September 23, 2011
Thanks gingerroot, I hope you try it soon!
sexyLAMBCHOPx September 16, 2011
mercy, love it!
wssmom September 16, 2011
lol thanks sexyLAMBCHOPx!!
marie-poirier September 15, 2011
yum yum, the mom from one of my friends does this with all kinds of fruit - but keeps them in there for months on end! this is a great idea with the infused pear puree in the cocktail!
wssmom September 15, 2011
Thanks marie-poirier! I'd keep the fruit in there for months on end, too, but the vodka never seems to stay around that long LOL
Ms. T. September 14, 2011
Cheers! Can't wait to try this :)
wssmom September 14, 2011
I do hope you love it!
Panfusine September 13, 2011
GASP!! sounds soo good, I want one RIGHT NOW!!
wssmom September 13, 2011
I personally am waiting anxiously for 5 p.m. (EDT) to roll around ..... :)
aargersi September 13, 2011
You need to do a F52 world tour, stop and visit each one of us, and have cocktails and snacks.
wssmom September 13, 2011
ROFL that would be HILARIOUS!!!!
EmilyC September 13, 2011
Wow -- what a great drink. Love the prosecco on top!
wssmom September 13, 2011
Prosecco + anything = YUM!
nannydeb September 13, 2011
Wow! Can't wait to try this! I guess I'll start infusing my vodka right away.
wssmom September 13, 2011
I have a second batch in the fridge right now LOL
Midge September 12, 2011
Delicious! When is your cocktail book coming out? ;)
wssmom September 13, 2011
Ha what fun would that be!!!!
SKK September 12, 2011
When are you going to come to Seattle and show us NW Foodpicklers how to party? I am sure I and my friends will love this recipe!
wssmom September 12, 2011
What a GREAT idea!!! I am heading to a science convention in SF in early December, Seattle a hop skip and a jump from there ....
Bevi September 11, 2011
Oh fabulous. This will pack a punch.
boulangere September 11, 2011
Bevi, when I first glanced at your comment, I read, "This will pack a lunch," and immediately thought and how! Oddly, the thought works either way.
Bevi September 11, 2011
Haha! All too often this has been my kind of lunch. I cannot lie.
boulangere September 12, 2011
Let's lunch some day.
wssmom September 12, 2011
Lunch!!! Yes!!!
boulangere September 12, 2011
It's a date!
hardlikearmour September 11, 2011
Yum! This sounds absolutely perfect. Love the combo of St. Germain and pears. Cheers!
wssmom September 11, 2011
boulangere September 11, 2011
This has New Year's Eve written all over it. What time will the party begin?
wssmom September 11, 2011
Not soon enough LOL!