This is my most festive cocktail recipe for the holidays and it’s wicked easy to pull off. You could also make a big pitcher of it sangria style if you’re hosting a big gathering. Cheers!

Serves: 4
Total time: 35 minutes
Difficulty level: easy

You’ll need:
1 pear, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
750 ml bottle vodka or pear flavored vodka
1 cup cranberry juice
1 bottle or can sparkling water (flavor of your choice)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground of fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Ice & a martini shaker (If you don’t have a martini shaker, you can use a glass jar with a lid)

Let’s do it!

  • To prepare the poached pear simple syrup, combine sugar, water and spices in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the sliced pears (reserve a few to use as garnish), reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. It WILL smell amazing.

  • Strain the syrup to remove the pear pieces and refrigerate until ready to use. You can also flash chill it in the freezer if you want to use it ASAP.

  • To make your martinis, fill the martini shaker or jar with ice. Add 2 tablespoons pear syrup, 4 tablespoons vodka and 1/2 cup cranberry juice. Shake to combine, then pour into a martini glass, straining out the ice. This will make about 2 martinis.

  • Top off with sparkling water to taste and garnish with fresh pear slices.

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