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Happy Hour: Pear Sazerac

Ever since I made Peartinis in January, I've had a bottle of Grey Goose La Poire chilling in my freezer and wondering when it might be useful again. Sometimes I'll mix it with club soda, but this weekend I decided to seek out another cocktail recipe to let this (surprisingly delicious) pear vodka take center stage.

I never would have expected to find it in a sazerac, a classic New Orleans cocktail made with Pernod or another anise-flavored liqueur.
This version replaces the traditional rye whiskey with pear vodka, and though the concept sounded bizarre, the cocktail was pleasingly crisp with an intensely fresh fruitiness and just a hint of licorice flavor. To get the recipe,


Pear Sazerac

Pear Sazerac

Pear Sazerac


  1. Ice
  2. 0.25 oz. anise-flavored liqueur, such as Pernod
  3. 2 oz. pear vodka, preferably Grey Goose La Poire
  4. 0.5 oz. simple syrup*
  5. 3 dashes bitters, such as Angostura or Peychaud brand
  6. 1 pear wedge, for garnish


  1. Place an ice cube in a martini glass and add the anise-flavored liqueur. Swirl to coat the glass and let it stand to chill for a few minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the pear vodka, simple syrup, and bitters, stirring vigorously.
  3. Empty the ice and liqueur from the glass. Strain the pear vodka mixture into the coated martini glass; garnish with the pear wedge.

Makes 1 cocktail.

* To make simple syrup:

Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until it has dissolved, about 30 seconds. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until just slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside to cool. May cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

Join The Conversation
bill-blasky bill-blasky 9 years
Seriously, do not ever make this. This sounds like the worst drink you could ever make. A sazerac is perfect how it is and would never ever ever ever have vodka in it. Rye Whiskey or maybe even Cognac. You ruined one of the best cocktails of all time.
soulight soulight 9 years
I love pears, so I'm going to have to try this drink. Hopefully I can succeed in making it.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
That sounds delicious! Pear is the perfect flavor for summer.
ameliajc ameliajc 9 years
oh man, Grey Goose La Poire is the BEST. i has a very smooth taste and just the right amount of fruitiness. thanks for the drink idea yum!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Never even heard of this, but it sounds yummy!
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
I love the martini glass!!!!
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