Pear-Basil Sipper

Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Buffy Hargett

The refreshing combination of muddled fresh basil and sweet pear-flavored vodka and nectar can't be beat. Pear-Basil Sipper is the "pearfect" pick for holiday entertaining or even a summertime libation.

Yield: Makes 1 serving
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 5 Minutes
Total: 5 Minutes


  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 4 tablespoons pear nectar
  • 3 tablespoons pear-flavored vodka
  • 3 tablespoons lemon-lime soft drink
  • Garnish: fresh basil sprig, pear slice (optional)


  1. Muddle basil leaves and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add crushed ice, pear nectar, and pear-flavored vodka. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds). Pour into a glass, and top with lemon-lime soft drink. Garnish, if desired.
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