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Pear and Sparkling Cider Cocktails

An earthy, sweet pear-cider cocktail is tinged with whiskey -- a perfect drink for a cold day.

  • servings: 8
Photography: James Merrell

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups pear nectar, chilled
  • 2 cups sparkling apple cider, chilled
  • 2 cups seltzer, chilled
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) bourbon whiskey, such as Knob Creek
  • 1 Bosc pear, unpeeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 8 wedges

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Stir together pear nectar, cider, seltzer, and whiskey in a pitcher. Divide pear wedges among glasses, and pour in cocktail. Serve immediately.

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Reviews (7)

  • 21 Nov, 2011

    I have made this for several events now both with alcohol and without. It is always a hit either way. When I couldn't find pear nectar I had to use apricot nectar and it was still great.

  • 13 Nov, 2011

    In the fall, I like to drink fresh cider with Applejack. I decided to use the Applejack instead of bourbon in this recipe and it was so good!

  • 20 Oct, 2011

    We served this over the weekend for our annual Pumpkin Fondue party.
    Everyone loved it. I mad a big batch and it was perfect. Very light and refreshing. Definitely not too boozy for us.

  • 2 Jan, 2011

    Just to add, my non-bourbon-drinking friends loved this as well.

  • 2 Jan, 2011

    I made this yesterday for a New Year's Day brunch, and it was a total hit! I didn't thnk there was too much bourbon at all, but I'm a bourbon drinker, so take that however you want. Anyway, I will definitely be making this again.

  • 11 Jan, 2010

    I made this without the bourbon and it was just a really nice non-alcoholic punch that everyone enjoyed.

  • 6 Jan, 2009

    You have to really like the taste of the bourbon you use in this punch because it overpowers the taste of the pear nectar