Pear Sidecar

This sweet (but not too sweet) drink should be made one at a time in a cocktail shaker. Energetic shaking and a proper drink-to-ice ratio—possible only in a shaker—are key: The ice dilutes and softens the cocktail, encouraging the otherwise sharp flavors to meld together. Prep Time: 10 minutes.

Yield: Makes 1 cocktail
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 252
  • Calories from fat: 1%
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 41g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 4.6mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pear brandy
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened pear juice or nectar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup (see Notes)
  • 1 or 2 slices fresh pear, about 1/2 in. thick

Preparation

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour brandy, pear juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup over ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Strain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with sliced pear. Serve immediately.
  2. Notes: To make simple syrup, cook 1/2 cup each sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture turns clear; cool before using. Can be kept, covered and chilled, for 6 months.
  3. Nutritional analysis is per cocktail.
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