Pears are so underrated in our opinion! Especially in the fall! That is why we always like to highlight this lovely ingredient in a few of our bites and sips recipes. A ripe pear is hard to beat! This is a cocktail that combines the best of both worlds … the rich sweetness of ripe pears and the comforting warmth of spices, all elegantly blended into a spiced honey pear martini. Should this be called a “spiced honey pear sour”? Probably, but throw it in a chilled martini glass and nothing else matters. Feeling the extra love for seasonal goodies? Make sure to check out our suggested pairing below!

how to make a spiced honey pear martini


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 oz honey pear simple syrup
  • 1 pear, sliced plus more for garnish
  • pinch of cinnamon


To make the honey pear simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup of water and ½ chopped pear. Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 – 5 minutes. Take off the heat and add 1/2 cup of honey. Stir to combine. The set aside and let cool. Strain out solids with a tea strainer. 

In a cocktail shaker, add 2 – 3 pear slices, a pinch of cinnamon and simple syrup. Muddle until pears are completely smashed. Add the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a pear slice and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cin Cin!

spiced honey pear martini


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While doing some research for pear recipes we came across these interesting facts about pears. Thanks, Google!

Pears with their juicy and succulent flesh, hold a fascinating place in culinary history and horticulture:

  1. Ancient Origins: Pears have a history dating back over 4,000 years. They were a favorite fruit of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
  2. Variety Abounds: There are thousands of pear varieties worldwide, each with a unique flavor, texture, and use. Some popular ones include Bartlett, Anjou, and Bosc.
  3. Harvest Timing: Unlike many fruits, pears are typically harvested before they are fully ripe. They ripen best off the tree, and their sweetness and flavor develop post harvest.
  4. Nutrient-Rich: Pears are rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. They’re also low in calories and fat, making them a healthy snack choice.
  5. Artistic Inspiration: Pears have long been a subject in art, from still-life paintings to sculptures. They symbolize a range of themes, including prosperity and temptation.
  6. Versatile Pairing: Pears pair exceptionally well with various foods and drinks, from salads and cheeses to desserts and cocktails, making them a versatile culinary ingredient.
  7. Pear Trees: These trees are hardy and can live for a long time, often producing fruit for decades. They are a symbol of longevity and hope in some cultures.

Pears are pretty neat and that is why its great to include them in cocktails like the spiced honey pear martini!

Quick Notes on honey pear simple syrup

Making a honey-based simple syrup takes a lot of honey. We get it, if that’s not the route you want to take then you can always just substitute with sugar. But it does make this spiced honey pear martini pretty solid! Just be sure to combine equal parts sugar and water to have a well balanced syrup. If you want to get down with even more spice (which we love to do quite often) then you can try making your honey simple syrup with Mikes Hot Honey. It is so wildly good in syrups, bread, pancakes, and even pizza! Yes, we said pizza.

suggested pairing for a spiced honey pear martini

Butternut squash and pears? Yes, please! These are two essential fall ingredients that pair extremely well together. Butternut squash brings a more hearty fall feel while the pear brings a more light and elegant fall touch making them a great duo. That is why we recommend pairing the spiced honey pear martini with our butternut squash risotto! It’s perfect for gatherings and will highlight the coziness of fall!

spiced honey pear martini


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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