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Sparkling Rosemary Pear Martini

Sparkling Rosemary Pear Martini

The quintessential Autumn cocktail, this sparkling rosemary pear martini is fruity, sweet, with an herbaceous finish from the rosemary simple syrup.  This sophisticated cocktail is perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations.

Martini glass with sparkling rosemary pear martini garnished with a sprig of rosemary

Pear and rosemary go so well together and taste like Fall.  And while Florida doesn’t really get chilly until maybe late December, if at all, I still look forward to the less humid, slightly cooler days that Autumn brings.  This cocktail is sweet from the pear puree and simple syrup, but not cloying.  It has a subtle hint of rosemary and bubbles from the prosecco, which makes the cocktail very smooth.  They go down easy but pack a punch with two types of vodka and prosecco.

Sparkling Rosemary Pear Martinis pair so well with a Garlicky White Bean Dip and crudites, spicy and savory Southern Cheese Squares, Glazed Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings and Baked Brie With Honey And Pecans. Imagine serving this spread with the martinis for the most sophisticated holiday cocktail party or game day celebration!  Your friends and family will be so impressed.

Martini glass with sparkling rosemary pear martini garnished with a sprig of rosemary

Ingredients Needed:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Pear – any type that you enjoy eating will work
  • Pear vodka and plain, unflavored vodka
  • Prosecco or sparkling wine – you pick how sweet you want it.  Remember that you’ll also have sweetness from the simple syrup and pear puree.

Types Of Pears That Work Best For This Cocktail

  • Bartlett – most common in most grocery stores.  Bartlett pears are very sweet, soft, and juicy.  This is the pear that I like to use in this recipe.  Look for smooth, light green skin and gives slightly when gently pressed.
  • Green Anjou – looks like a bartlett, but is more oval-shaped.  It isn’t as sweet as a bartlett and is slightly crisper, but still soft with a grainy texture.
  • Comice – this pear has green and red skin.  It is crisp and has more body than the bartlett.  It’s also very sweet.  This is an excellent pear for baking or cooking if you can find it.
  • Seckel – this pear also has red and green skin.  It is quite crisp and not very sweet.  If you like pear flavor, but not all the sweetness, then this is the pear for you.

How To Make This Cocktail

  • First, make the rosemary simple syrup by bringing water and sugar to a simmer and then steeping fresh rosemary in it for about 30 minutes.  Strain the mixture and cool.
  • Next, make the pear puree.  Peel, core, and chop a pear.  Add it to a blender with a splash of lemon juice to keep the color from turning brown.  Puree and spoon the mixture into a bowl.
  • Finally, add the vodkas, simple syrup, and pear puree to a cocktail shaker.  Strain the liquid into martini glasses and top with prosecco and a rosemary sprig for garnish.

Martini glass with sparkling rosemary pear martini garnished with a sprig of rosemary

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Martini glass with sparkling rosemary pear martini garnished with a sprig of rosemary

Sparkling Rosemary Pear Martini


  • Author: Millie Brinkley
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cooling time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 1x

Description

The quintessential Autumn cocktail, this sparkling rosemary pear martini is fruity, sweet, with an herbaceous finish from the rosemary simple syrup.  This sophisticated cocktail is perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations.


Ingredients

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For the rosemary simple syrup:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 strip of lemon zest (about 1-inch wide)

For the pear puree:

  • 1 very ripe pear
  • Dash of lemon juice

For the cocktail:

  • 2 ounces pear vodka
  • 2 ounces unflavored vodka
  • 4 tablespoons pear puree
  • 4 tablespoons rosemary syrup
  • ¼ cup prosecco or sparkling wine
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

Instructions

Make the rosemary simple syrup.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the sugar and water.  Warm, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the water is at a simmer.  Remove from the heat, add the rosemary and allow it to steep for 30 minutes.  Remove the rosemary and allow the mixture to cool completely.

Make the pear puree:

Peel, core, and chop the pear.  Add the pear to a blender and top with a splash of lemon juice.  Pulse until the pear is smooth.  Spoon into a small bowl and set aside.

For the cocktail:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour in both vodkas, the pear puree, and rosemary syrup.  Shake until the outside of the shaker is ice cold.

Strain the mixture into two large martini glasses.

Top with prosecco to taste and garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.

  • Category: Starters - Cocktails
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sparkling rosemary pear martini, martini recipes, fruity cocktails, vodka cocktails, martinis, pear puree, rosemary simple syrup

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