We first encountered the French Pear Cocktail at one of our local restaurant bars. It was part of the promotional blitz that made St. Germaine the darling of cocktail inventors for awhile. The French Pear was floral, fruity, and champagne bright—springtime in a glass—so we set about to reconstruct it.

French Pear Cocktail

  • 1½ oz. St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur
  • 1½ oz. pear vodka
  • 2–3 oz. sparkling wine or champagne

Stir the St. Germaine and vodka with ice until well chilled; strain into a cold cocktail glass, and top up with champagne.

I have since seen similar formulations elsewhere on the web, and some suggest a sugar rim on the glass; that’s silly, the drink is already a bit sweet. Omit it.

French Pear Cocktail, photo © 2010 Douglas M. Ford. All rights reserved.
The French Pear Cocktail

Absolut Pear was the only pear vodka readily available in my shops when we started working on this formulation; it is a relatively strongly flavored infusion, and dominates the aftertaste of the drink. More recently, we’ve shifted to Grey Goose Pear; it is a softer infusion, less tart than the Absolut; I recommend it for this drink.

And if you aren’t totally committed to the “French” attributes of the drink, you can substitute any relatively light and effervescent sparkling wine, like a cava or prosecco.