The pear martini with elderflower is an incredibly popular cocktail in my family circle. Let me tell you, variations of this cocktail have been obsessed over for years. YEARS. I don’t know what it is or how it started, but the pear martini has remained a staple in the Williams family household for as long as I can remember.
Now, I am a whiskey guy at heart, however this blog isn’t just about me, it’s mainly about you, really. That said, If I’m drinking a pear martini, I’m drinking this one. For a fruity (but not too sweet) martini, it’s pretty good and really refreshing.
The famous pear martini consists of pear vodka (Grey Goose La Poire is the best stuff out there), fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and elderflower liqueur. I’ve tried variations that include lime juice in place of lemon juice and ginger liqueur in place of elderflower liqueur, but this is my personal favorite variation.
I use simple syrup (sugar water) in a lot of my cocktails. It’s a clear sugar syrup consisting of equal parts water and sugar, melted on the stove on low heat. It’s a universal cocktail sweetener that easily dissolves in your drink, unlike table sugar. You can buy it everywhere, but it only takes about 10 minutes to make at home.
I highly recommend making up a jar of simple sugar and storing in the fridge for cocktails such as this. Having simple syrup on hand makes whipping up the pear martini (and many other classics) a breeze.Print
- 2 ounces pear vodka (Grey Goose La Poire is best)
- 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- sliced pear (for garnish)
- Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with pear slices and serve.
Adapted from Food Channel