I was never a fan of pears until I had a lemon pear tart. The combination of the earthy sweetness of pears and the tart lemon was a winner, and once I added a little drizzle of maple syrup, it tasted like heaven. I wanted to recreate those flavors within a cocktail and nailed it. I used a lovely pear brandy which had tons of floral notes and added the @watsonsbarrelagedsyrup Watson’s maple syrup to it along with lemon juice and some bourbon. I added an egg white for a lovely foam on top, but you can omit that if you like. It softens the flavors and melds everything together to recreate that taste of a bite of lemon pear tart.
The Brillet pear brandy makes the cocktail very floral, not as much as a gin cocktail, but you definitely get good bit of floral aftertaste with each sip. If you're not a fan of floral cocktails, you might use a less floral brandy or liqueur, but still, the pear flavor is a wonderful match with the maple and bourbon.
Maple Pear Sour
0.5 oz pear liqueur or brandy - I used Brillet
0.5 oz Watson’s maple syrup @watsonsbarrelagedsyrup
1 oz lemon juice
1.5 oz bourbon - I used New Riff Bourbon
1 egg white or 0.75 oz aquafaba
5 drops sassafras and sorghum bitters
Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake, shake and shake some more. Double strain into a chilled couple or martini glass and garnish with a few drops of bitters on the top. Use a garnish skewer to make a design with the drops. Enjoy!
Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching cocktails, making cocktails and drinking cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location. For more information about her favorite whiskey group, head over to Bourbon Women and join the women's whiskey revolution!