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Pear Tree Cocktail Recipe


Pear brandy with lemon, gin and rosemary simple syrup – a cocktail that is both unique, and utterly evocative of the winter holidays!


Units Scale

(for 2 drinks)

  • 1 ounce Poire Williams (Pear Brandy – see “notes”, below)
  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3 ounces dry gin
  • Sugar-Salt (for rims)

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 34 sprigs rosemary (each 45 inches long)




  1. Make the Rosemary Simple Syrup.  Pinch off a small tip of rosemary for each drink, and reserve for garnishes.  Bring 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water to boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Add rosemary sprigs, and simmer for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat, discard rosemary, and allow syrup to cool completely.
  2. Salt the rims.  Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon cane sugar and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt evenly onto a small plate.  Twirl the rim of a glass against the cut face of a lemon, and invert it onto the plate, making small circular motions until it’s well-coated.  Repeat with the other glass.
  3. Fill a shaker 2/3 full with ice, and give it a quick rinse to remove any freezer burn.
  4. Add 1 ounce Poire Williams (Pear Brandy), 1 ounce Rosemary Simple Syrup, 1-ounce lemon juice, and 3 ounces dry gin to the shaker – then shake vigorously (about 12 seconds) until well-chilled.
  5. Strain into cocktail glasses, and top each drink with a tip of rosemary.


  • My favorite brand of Poire Williams is produced by “Massenez“, in France.  But a close second is the “Pear Brandy” by Clear Creek Distilling, in Oregon.  Both are widely distributed, and both come in half-size (375 ml) bottles.

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