The taste of a well-crafted pear martini is an experience to relish. This French pear martini takes that to a new level of sophistication by adding the sweet, floral taste of elderflower and a touch of sparkle.
The recipe combines two great spirits—pear vodka and St. Germain—and it puts them together in a beautiful way. Add to that a hint of sparkling wine and a delicate cocktail with a very spring-like feel is yours to enjoy and share. Best of all, it is very easy to make and it is perfect for a variety of affairs, from an elegant dinner party to a casual Sunday brunch.
“The French Pear Martini is a perfect cocktail for fall, although it would be delicious anytime of the year. The light, crisp, and slightly sweet combination of chilled pear vodka and elderflower liqueur are topped with a refreshing splash of champagne. A twist of lemon and a slice of ripe pear finish off this exquisite cocktail.” —Joan Velush
Gather the ingredients.
If you like, rim a cocktail glass with superfine sugar using the lemon wedge to wet the rim, then roll the edge in a small dish filled with the sugar.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the pear vodka and elderflower liqueur.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Top with Champagne.
Garnish with a lemon twist and/or pear slice. Serve and enjoy.
- Superfine sugar has a finer grain than standard white sugar, making a more delicate rim. There's no need to hunt it down at the grocery store. You can make superfine sugar from regular sugar with the help of a food processor (a blender will work, too).
- There is a nice variety of pear-flavored vodkas available on the market today. Grey Goose La Poire is one of the best options and a top choice for this martini. You can also find the flavor from Absolut, Breckenridge Distillery, Burnett's, Skyy, Smirnoff, and Wild Roots.
- It's also easy to make your own pear vodka. Choose your favorite vodka and cut up a couple of pears. Combine the two and allow it to infuse for 1 to 3 days until it reaches your ideal flavor.
- If you prefer a DIY project, you can make your own elderflower cordial to use as a substitute for St. Germain.
- You really cannot go wrong with your choice of Champagne—actually, any sparkling wine will make a great drink.
- When reading wine labels, the most important thing to remember is the difference between brut and sec: Brut is dry and sec is sweet. Pouring one or the other will slightly change the tone of the martini.
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