Peary Bird Cocktail

Peary Bird Cocktail
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
225 Calories
0g Fat
27g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 122mg 3%
*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.)

The peary bird is a fun cocktail with a great layer of flavors. Its combination of pear, vanilla, herbs, and nutmeg creates a sensation drink that's worthy of any autumn celebration.

There is a lot to love about this innovative vodka cocktail. Start it off with a smooth vodka of your choice to lay a solid foundation. You'll then add the vanilla notes of Tuaca and the herbal brandy of B&B along with fresh pear and nutmeg. It creates a fantastic cocktail with a delightful balance of flavor.

B&B (a liqueur that combines brandy and Benedictine) is one of those often looked over cocktail ingredients; straight Benedictine is generally preferred. It is a cocktail like this that proves that B&B is a viable mixer, even in more complex drink recipes.


  • 1/2 medium pear, diced

  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 1/2 ounce Tuaca liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce B&B liqueur

  • Flamed orange peel, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, add the pear, simple syrup, and nutmeg. Muddle well.

  3. Add the vodka, Tuaca, and B&B, and top with ice.

  4. Shake vigorously.

  5. Double strain by pouring the drink through your normal cocktail shaker as well as a fine-mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass.

  6. Garnish with a flamed orange peel. Serve and enjoy.


  • For the simple syrup, you'll find it best to use a 1:1 mix, meaning equal parts of sugar and water. This won't be quite as sweet as rich simple syrup, which is 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. The lighter version is a good choice considering that the recipe uses two sweetened liqueurs.
  • Chilling the glass is always preferred for drinks served without ice and it makes this drink more enjoyable. If you don't have one pre-chilled, place a few ice cubes in the glass while you're mixing the drink, then discard them before straining.
  • To flame an orange zest, cut a piece of peel that's about 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. Hold the peel over the glass between two fingers, peel side out, then gently squeeze it over a lighter or match. It will create a small burst of flame as the essential oils are expressed into the drink.

Recipe Variations

  • If you don't have B&B, Benedictine will work as a substitute and create a nice drink. You could even split the 1/2 ounce measurement with equal parts of Benedictine and brandy to try and replicate B&B's complexity.
  • Cinnamon would be a nice alternative to nutmeg. Either spice can also be sprinkled on top of the drink as an extra garnish.

How Strong Is a Peary Bird?

The peary bird may seem like a genteel drink, but the recipe's liqueurs are just as strong as the vodka. It shakes up to an alcohol content around 28 percent ABV (56 proof), which is typical of drinks in the martini family.

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