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Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

Spiced Pear Gin Fizz |

It’s Friday and the end of a long week. How was your week, by the way? Mine was busy, but a good, productive type of busy. The type of busy where you look back and feel good about all that you accomplished.

It’s rare that I have weeks like that. Most weeks I look back and think, “what the heck just happened?”. Whether you had a great week, or a somewhat stressful one, it’s about to get better because it’s cocktail Friday, after all!

This week’s cocktail is a stunner.

I am looking forward to sitting back tonight with one of these crisp Spiced Pear Gin Fizz cocktails and catching up on a week of shows that I didn’t have time to watch.

There is no need to be jealous of my wild Friday night, because you can make one of these beauties, too!

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Are you a gin fan? I am, but it’s a relatively recent ‘like’. Different brands of gin carry very different flavor profiles. Some are very floral – borderline perfume-y in nature – while others are more fruity.

I am by no means a gin expert, but I have enjoyed trying a variety of brands to experience the vast flavor profiles. And vast, they are.

This week, I’m using Nolet’s gin for my Spiced Pear Gin Fizz. This is a great gin for drinking straight in a martini, if that’s your style, but I found that it works well with some sweetness from the simple syrup and a bit of tang from the lemon.

You can absolutely use another gin if you have a favorite. Every type of gin will bring unique properties to this great fall cocktail.

The Spiced Pear Gin Fizz starts with a simple syrup infused with pear, star anise, and cardamom pods.

This ‘infusion’ is much less complicated than it sounds:

Simmer water, sugar, pear, star anise, and cardamom in a pan for about 5 minutes. Cool and strain.

Voila! Spiced Pear Simple Syrup.

Try adding it to your evening tea, as well.

It’s a great syrup full of warm, spicy flavors.

Spiced Pear Gin Fizz |

While it’s lovely in tea, it’s spectacular in this Spiced Pear Gin Fizz cocktail, which is exactly how I will be enjoying it this evening while watching Modern Family, The Goldbergs, and Blackish.

Maybe a back episode of Drunk History, too. I’m flexible like that. This cocktail is gorgeous enough for a party, though, so I’ll need to keep it on the short list for our Halloween party festivities.

Spiced Pear Gin Fizz |

I feel like I am hitting my stride with fall cocktails right now and have ideas for many, many more. I just hope that Autumn lasts long enough to try them all. There is always next year, though, right?

If you are a gin fan, try out some of these other great gin concoctions:

Ginger Collins

Aviation Cocktail

3G Cocktail

Happy Friday!

Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

  • 2 ounces gin (I used Nolet's Dry Gin)
  • 1 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large egg white (or 1 ounce pasteurized liquid egg whites)
  • 3/4 ounce Spiced Pear Simple Syrup
  • 1-2 ounces club soda
  • star anise for garnish

Spiced Pear Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pear, cored and cut into pieces
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cardamom pods


Spiced Pear Gin Fizz

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lemon juice, egg white, and Spiced Pear Simple Syrup (recipe follows) to cocktail shaker. Replace lid and shake for 15 seconds or until shaker becomes frosty. Strain into cocktail glass. Top with club soda, garnish with star anise, and serve.

Spiced Pear Simple Syrup

Add water, sugar, pear, star anise, and cardamom pods to a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; stir to dissolve sugar. All mixture to simmer over low for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain out pear and spices. Store extra syrup in the refrigerator.

October 9th, 2015

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13 comments on “Spiced Pear Gin Fizz”

  1. I love your food photography!  I’m not much of a gin (or any liquor) drinker, but this drink looks delish!  I may try this. 

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  3. Why the egg white? I’m by no means a mixologist but just curious as to the addition of that ingredient?

    • Good question! Egg whites in certain cocktails is a long standing tradition but ultimately just adds great silky texture and a beautiful foam cap. Most recipes they can be omitted if you’d prefer not to add them, but if you use pasteurized egg whites it’s safe and the texture is wonderful!

  4. Hello! I’m looking for a cocktail to do for my crush. I inveted her for dinner and I want to surprise her with an original drink. She is a barlady…that’s why I want to impress her! eheh!

    Thanks for you recipe!

  5. What time of cardamom do you use?

  6.  I have been  to most of the grocery stores in my area and cannot find cardamom pods. I do have ground cardamom. How much do you suggest putting into the simple syrup? 

    • Cardamom pods can be hard to find (online is an option). I would suggest using about 1/8 tsp in place of the whole pods if using ground cardamom. Happy New Year!

  7. How much ground cardamom did you use? The recipe says to use 2 pods not ground cardamom.