This Spicy Pear Martini recipe kicks up the classic cocktail with bold, fall flavors. Made with homemade pear and serrano infused vodka, dry vermouth, and a hint of agave nectar, this refreshing cocktail will be the spotlight of your next fall party!
Don’t you just love this time of year? The weather is cooling off, days are shorter, and there is plenty of fall produce at the farmers market. So far we have been apple picking, went to the local pumpkin patch, and have consumed mass quantities of pumpkin pie spice everything!
For this Spicy Pear Martini recipe, I really wanted to showcase the fresh fall flavors out there, but let’s be honest, apples and pumpkins get all the love during this season. There is so much more going on with our bountiful harvests than just apples and pumpkins.
Enter the pear. I love pears! They are sweet, tender, and softer then their apple counterpart. Pears are the lighter fruit of fall! My favorite, the bright and comforting green Anjou pear, is mellow and juicy, making it the perfect fruit for this infusion.
We have been infusing for a while now; remember the Raspberry Gimlet I shared a few weeks ago? Infusing is such a great way to add flavor to your cocktails without all the sugar and chemicals of a commercially infused liquor.
But I wanted this cocktail to have a bit of our signature southwest kick. Almost immediately I reached for the jalapeño peppers, until I realized we are in a pepper rut! Fresh serrano peppers definitely have more heat, but they also add a bit of smokiness to the drink.
Dark agave, which is slightly richer than it’s lighter counterpart, is the perfect way to sweeten our Spicy Pear Martini. You could also use honey; just play around with the amount because honey is going to be sweeter.
What fall farmers market finds are you playing around with in the kitchen this season?
- 3 ounces serrano pear infused vodka
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1/4 ounce agave nectar
- Pear slices for garnish
- Serrano pepper slices for garnish
- Add vodka, vermouth, and agave to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a pear and pepper slice, serve immediately.
Home Chef Tip: Add 2 sliced pears, 1 sliced serrano pepper and 750 ML of quality vodka to a large lidded jar. Keep in a dark, cool area for 1-3 days, shake occasionally while infusing. Strain fruit from liquor and discard once it reaches desired flavor. Remove seeds from serrano peppers before infusing vodka to dial back the heat. Substitute gin for vodka if desired.
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