Pear Martini with Elderflower Liqueur Recipe

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The pear martini with elderflower liqueur is an incredibly popular cocktail in my family circle. Let me tell you, variations of this cocktail have been obsessed over for years. I don’t know what it is or how it started, but the pear martini has remained a staple in our family circle for as long as I can remember.

A yellow and opaque pear martini served in a coup garnished with a slice of pear on a dark wooden table,

Why This Recipe Works

This cocktail has a profound and authentic pear taste. 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 favorite variation.

If you liked this cocktail, also try some of my other vodka recipes such as the Cosmopolitan cocktail, limoncello martini, my delicious blueberry martini, and the modern-day classic French martini.

Ingredients

  • Pear vodka: Grey Goose La Poire is the best stuff out there. You can also use Absolut Pear.
  • Elderflower liqueur: there are numerous elderflower brands on the market. St. Germaine and St. Elder are the two most popular. You can also substitute Pamplemousse liqueur or try Ginger liqueur for a gingery spin.
  • Fresh lemon juice: freshly squeezed lemon is always best. Use a citrus squeezer for the best results. If you must use bottled, look for ReaLemon.
  • Simple syrup: 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.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities below.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice or two large ice cubes.

Step 2.

Shake for 15 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with pear slices and serve.

Expert Tips

  • Place your glasses in the freezer to keep them chilled. This helps keep your drinks cooler for longer.
  • Double straining through a fine mesh strainer removes tiny ice chips. This prevents continued dilution and also improves texture and appearance.
  • Start with 1/2 an ounce of simple syrup and add more as needed. 1/2 ounce is likely enough. Just to note, I have decreased the simple sugar amount based on reader feedback in the comments!
A yellow and opaque pear martini served in a coup garnished with a slice of pear on a dark wooden table,

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use regular vodka?

This cocktail works thanks to the pear-flavored vodka. Using regular vodka will result in a plain vodka martini with elderflower and lemon flavor.

Can I make homemade pear vodka?

If you’d like to attempt to make homemade pear-infused vodka, I recommend chopping 4-5 pears and soaking in 750ML of vodka for 1 week. Taste and add more time as needed. Strain and serve.

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4.52 from 29 votes

Pear Martini with Elderflower Liqueur Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A simple and refreshing pear martini made with pear vodka, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup.

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces pear vodka, Grey Goose La Poire is the best
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur, or try Ginger liquere
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2-3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • sliced pear, for garnish

Instructions 

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice or two large ice cubes.
  • Shake for 15 seconds and double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with pear slices and serve.

Notes

Start with 1/2 ounce of simple syrup and add more as neededit’s likely all you need.
Place your glasses in the freezer to keep them chilled. This helps keep your drinks cooler for longer.
Double straining through a fine mesh strainer removes tiny ice chips. This prevents continued dilution and also improves texture and appearance.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 30.4gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 26mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 6.6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
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About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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33 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Very nice. Although I prefer Muddled ripe pear if in season (double strained) and drop the pear flavored vodka. Also have to drop to 1/4 simple syrup. Even half ounce is way too sweet for me. The use of st Germaine in this recipe is very on point. But if you prefer less floral taste I think subbing for a nice orange liquor works well.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe so much! I did listen to the others and only added half the simple syrup, and it’s plenty sweet.