Pear Spiced Sailor Cocktail

Pear Spiced Sailor Cocktail (Jonny Cimone's Pear Naked Sailor)

Jonny Cimone

Prep: 24 hrs 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Nectar: 8 hrs
Total: 32 hrs 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
219 Calories
6g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 219
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 7mg 36%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 177mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This tasty pear spiced sailor cocktail comes from San Fransisco bartender Jonny Cimone. The drink is a fantastic mix of fresh flavors that are natural companions. It begins with spiced rum—Sailor Jerry is recommended and plays perfectly to the cocktail's fun name. That is complemented by the pear puree and homemade ginger nectar. The drink is topped off with bitters and ginger ale to create a flawlessly balanced cocktail that's sure to get noticed.


For the Ginger Nectar:

  • 1 whole fresh ginger root, peeled

  • 4 cups water

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced rum

  • 1 1/2 ounces pear purée

  • 1 1/4 ounces ginger nectar

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters

  • 2 ounces ginger ale

  • 1/2 pear slice, for garnish

  • Grated nutmeg, for garnish

Steps to Make It

Make Ginger Nectar

The ginger nectar is easy to make yourself and can be as spicy or tame as you like. You can use as much ginger root as you like, and the amount of water needed will vary accordingly. Keep in mind that it does need to steep overnight, but it is a great ingredient to have in the bar so it is worth the little bit of effort it requires.

  1. Using fresh ginger, peel thoroughly then slice into 1-inch chunks.

  2. Spread onto a sheet and bake in the oven at 350 F for 15 minutes.

  3. Place the ginger pieces into a storage container and add four times its volume of hot water. Let it steep overnight.

  4. The next day, scoop the ginger pieces into a blender along with some of the gingered water. Reserve the remaining water.

  5. Blend at a high setting until the ginger has been broken down and liquefied as much as possible.

  6. Fine strain multiple times using a muddler to press every last drop of liquid from the ginger. Add more of the gingered water to taste in order to regulate the level of spice.

Make the Pear Spiced Sailor

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the spiced rum, pear purée, ginger nectar, lime juice, and bitters. Fill with ice.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain over fresh ice into a collins glass.

  5. Float the ginger ale on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon.

  6. Garnish with half a pear slice and a dusting of nutmeg. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Variations

  • A perfect complement to the drink, replace Angostura's Aromatic Bitters with pear bitters.
  • If you prefer a slightly drier cocktail, switch from ginger ale to club soda or tonic water.

How Strong Is a Pear Spiced Sailor?

Not only is it packed with flavor, but Sailor Jerry is also a potent rum that's bottled at 92 proof, so it's definitely not going to get lost in this recipe. However, it's the only liquor in the highball, which means its surprisingly low-proof. On average, you can expect it to have an alcohol content somewhere around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). It's a lot like a glass of wine, only far more flavorful!

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