This Spiced Pear Gin Fizz is a refreshing cocktail! It uses pear juice and warm spices like cinnamon and star anise to add delicious flavour to the classic drink!
It is holiday season and that means special meals and treats are top of mind these days! I have been busy planning our menu for the holidays and while an embarrassing amount of time is spent dreaming up baked treats, I’ve also been busy dreaming up the other parts of our holiday menu! Included in that are some cocktail recipes that I am so excited to share with you!
The holidays call for special cocktails and fruity drinks are definitely ones I gravitate towards. I jazzed up one of my favourites- a gin fizz- by adding some fruity flavour to the mix and warm spices too!
We recently picked up the most delicious organic pear juice and I have been obsessed with it! I just had to add it to my gin fizz! I also decided to add warm winter spices to the simple syrup and it adds a little something extra to the drink. The end result is so yummy, you guys! While I am not a huge drinker, I was enticed to go in for a second, you know, in the name of recipe tasting. It’s a tough job this recipe testing, but someone’s gotta do it!
How to make a Spiced Pear Gin Fizz
To make this cocktail, you will need to start by making the simple syrup. What is a simple syrup? Essentially, it is a syrup made from equal parts water and sugar that are simmered until the sugar dissolves. Once cooled, you add to sweeten up cocktails. That is pretty much it!
The difference with my simple syrup is that I added some warm spices to the saucepan while dissolving the sugar. The end result is a lightly spiced simple syrup that adds just a hint of flavour to the cocktail!
For the simple syrup, you will need:
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise, and 2 whole cloves
In a saucepan, add all of the ingredients for the simple syrup. Simmer over medium heat for a couple of minutes until the sugar dissolves. Let cool and then strain to remove spices.
You will end up with enough simple syrup for several cocktails and it stores well in the fridge so I highly recommend making it in advance and having it ready to go when needed!
To make one cocktail, you will need:
- 1 ounce pear juice
- 1 ounce gin
- juice of 1/4 lime
- 1 tablespoon spiced simple syrup* (see below for recipe)
- 3 ounces club soda
- pear segment, for garnish (optional)
- cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)
To make the cocktail, add the pear juice, gin, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a pear segment and cinnamon stick if desired. Serve.
I hope you enjoy this cocktail (responsibly) as much as I do! Happy Holidays!
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Spiced Pear Gin Fizz
1 ounce pear juice
1 ounce gin
juice of 1/4 lime
1 tablespoon spiced simple syrup* (see below for recipe)
3 ounces club soda
pear segment, for garnish (optional)
cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)
- Spiced simple syrup
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
2 whole cloves
- In a saucepan, add all of the ingredients for the simple syrup. Simmer over medium heat for a couple of minutes until the sugar dissolves. Let cool and then strain to remove spices.
- To make 1 cocktail, add the pear juice, gin, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a pear segment and cinnamon stick if desired. Serve.