We have a good friend who has a number of pear trees in their back yard that are left over from an old orchard that used to be on the land where their house was built. Every fall we get a basket of pears from these trees, and like the apples we get from our family trip to the orchards, those pears are a flavor that we associate with with fall. When we ran across some hard pear cider while we were shopping for inspiration, we knew this would be a nice ingredient for a fall cocktail we call The Autumn Pear. This post contains affiliate links for products that we think you as readers might find useful, plus it might actually let us buy some more booze to make our bar even better while allowing us to keep bringing cool content to you! For more details about our affiliates, click our Disclosure and Contacts Page.
We were wanting to develop a nice fall cocktail that would remind us of the crisp cool fall days, so we started experimenting in the kitchen to see what we could come up. We started out with a nice bottle of blackberry pear hard cider that was very crisp and tart which was very reminiscent of a classic old style European cider, which tend to be more tart then what most of us associate with ciders we grew up with. With a nice tart base that gave a clean crisp flavor, we next wanted to add a little punch to the drink.
For the base spirit, we decided that bourbon would be the ideal pair to the pear. Strong enough to add a big boozy burst, bourbon also adds in a sweet note of caramel and vanilla that really compliments the tart pear. Bourbon is a great spirit for fall drinks, as it also highlights the warm baking spices that are so prevalent in fall dishes while also bringing a warmth that helps chase the chill of a fall day.
Speaking of warm baking spices, in an earlier cocktail, we made a great clove infused simple syrup that really brought a nice spicy warmth and complex depth and sweetness. Clove is a common pairing with pears, often used when poaching pears, so when we combined the pear and clove, we knew this flavor combination was going to work. We added some fantastic honey and camomile bitters that brought a sweet floral complexity that added a depth to the drink. We bought these bitters at Dram Apothecary, a really cool bar / bitters company who forages for all their ingredients in the mountains surrounding the Colorado ghost town they are located in.
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We finished the cocktail by rimming the glass with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, using more cinnamon than sugar which made for a mixture that was not nearly as sweet as the cinnamon sugar mix used on toast. The cinnamon sugar rim adds a nice aromatic perfume of cinnamon and a slightly bitter sweet flavor that helps keep the cocktail from getting to sweet. A sprig of fresh rosemary adds a nice splash of color and a hint of evergreen herbaceousness. Pleasantly tart with a nice boozy burst, the Autumn Pear is sure to tickle your fall fancy!
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 oz clove simple syrup See recipe
- 1.5 oz pear hard cider
- .75 oz lemon juice
- 3-4 drops of bitters (we used DRAM's Honey Chamomile)
- cinnamon and sugar mixed together for rimming
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker and stir to combine.
- Pour over ice in cinnamon sugar rimmed glass.