Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail

Two kinds of simple syrup (a classic sugar and water combination, and a delicious Honey Simple Syrup) come together to produce one sweet and smooth Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail. We love the addition of fresh Bartlett pear to up the seasonality of this sipper. We don't specify which bourbon to use, so just select your favorite or any variety that you may have on hand. As for the hard pear cider, we suggest using Sonoma "The Pitchfork" Pear Cider, but any variety you choose should work also. Serve our Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail as the signature cocktail at your holiday open house, or bring the ingredients to mix up on-site at your next tailgate. You'll need a cocktail shaker and a set of highball glasses for serving. If you're taking this cocktail to the tailgate, an 8 oz. insulated tumbler is a great (and break-proof) option. When you're preparing this recipe, be sure to factor in the time it will take to make the two simple syrups. They'll each take about 35 minutes, but require little hands-on time so you should be able to prepare both at the same time without your stovetop getting too hectic. 

Bourbon Pear and Hard Cider Cocktail
Photo: Becky Luigart Stayner
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Serves 1 (serving size: 8 oz.)


  • 1 Bartlett pear

  • 1/4 cup (2 oz.) bourbon

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Honey Simple Syrup

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Simple Syrup

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup hard pear cider (such as Sonoma "The Pitchfork" Pear Cider)


  1. Using a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, remove 1 long thin strip of peel from pear. Reserve remainder of pear for another use. Place peel in a highball glass; fill glass with ice.

  2. Combine bourbon, Honey Simple Syrup, Simple Syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker; add ice. Cover with lid, and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. Top with pear cider, and stir to blend.

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