Pear & Honey Martini
This is my little spin on the classic French Pear Martini - minus the elderflower syrup. This gin martini is delicious sweet without being cloying and filled with mouthwatering honey and pear flavours. It’s sweet but a sophisticated drink in my opinion, and perfect for entertaining if you want to make a big batch of it, then top it with some sparkling wine to serve!
In this recipe I’ve included how to make a simple pear and honey syrup first, before moving onto the cocktail making.
For the Pear & Honey Syrup:
2 green pears, washed and cored
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 of caster sugar
2 1/2 cups of water
Roughly chop pears into 2.5 cm chunks then put a medium pot on high heat. Add pears, honey, sugar and water to the pot.
Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally brfore reducing heat to medium - low. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the mixture has reduced Slightly and all the sugar is dissolved.
Carefully strain mixture, discarding any fruit pieces then bottle syrup. Set aside to cool at room temperature before storing in the fridge for up to two weeks.
For the martini: To make a batch (serves 8)
8 shots of gin (or vodka)
8 shots of pear and honey syrup
1 bottle of champagne or dry sparkling wine
ice (large whiskey cubes are preferable as they melt slower)
To garnish: thinly sliced pear or sprig of thyme
In a large cocktail jug add gin and syrup. Add ice and give it a good stir until the glass is chilled and everything is mixed well.
Top with champagne and garnish with sprigs of thyme and spices of pear.
If you are making this ahead spritz the pear slices with lemon juice to prevent browning. It’s also a good idea to chill the syrup and alcohol in the fridge.
If you are making this for one, use 1 shot each of syrup and gin, then 2 shots champagne. Stit with ice to mix then rim a glass in lemon juice and caster sugar then garnish with a sprig of thyme or pear.