Pear Whiskey Sour: Easy 5 Min Cocktail for Fall & Winter!

One of my favorite “standard” bar cocktails has always been a whiskey sour. There’s just something so classic about the tart combination! Today, I’m putting a spin on it that’s perfect for fall or winter with this pear whiskey sour. It takes just 5 minutes to throw together for an easy drink!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Ditch the maraschino cherry for a sweet pear in this twist on a traditional cocktail. This pear whiskey sour adds a unique twist that’s perfect for fall and winter.

Plus, it’s so easy to throw together that it’s an ideal choice for entertaining, which you’ll probably do a lot of during these seasons. I always offer it for a Thanksgiving drink option, but it’s perfect for the holidays too!

Like most cocktails, there are lots of different ways to make this drink depending on what you have on hand, or what your store has. In fact, I happened to have some leftover pear syrup from making Spiced Pear Margaritas last week, which is what inspired this recipe!

pear whiskey sour in a rocks glass against a black background

Ingredients List

pear whiskey sour ingredients
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 ounces pear syrup
  • 1 ounce sour mix or ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You can use any variety of whiskey you like or have on hand, I just happen to like the flavor profile of rye whiskey for this (I use Bulleit)
  • Instead of the pear syrup (I have Root Au Pear) you can use a fresh pear that’s been blended and strained, or pear juice (like Knudsen’s) or pear nectar
  • You could also use pear brandy or pear vodka! Reduce the whiskey down to 1 ounce to compensate for the additional alcohol, and add ½ – 1 ounce of simple syrup, maple syrup, or honey to make up for the sweetness
  • Since I have some sour mix on hand, that’s what I’m using. However, this drink is less “artificial” tasting if you use fresh lemon juice instead
  • Garnish options include: Cinnamon stick, slice of pear, star anise, sprig of fresh rosemary, or a lemon slice (and any combination thereof!)

Variations on the Pear Whiskey Sour

  • Egg White Froth. Add an egg white to the mix before shaking to create a frothy, foamy top to your drink. While this used to be traditional, it’s far less commonplace nowadays
  • Bitter. Add a few drops of cinnamon or Angostura bitters to top off the drink
  • Apple Pear. Use apple whiskey along with the pear for an apple-pear combination
  • Ginger Pear. Add ginger syrup or some ginger beer for a pear-ginger variation
  • Maple Pear. A Tbsp of real maple syrup adds sweetness and maple flavor to your drink
  • Spiced Pear. Add ½ tsp cinnamon to your drink before mixing, or use a spiced pear syrup instead of plain
  • Mocktail. Omit the whiskey and use zero proof whiskey, ginger beer, or apple juice/cider to replace it

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Measure and pour the whiskey, pear syrup, and the sour mix or lemon juice into a shaker (or mason jar) with a few ice cubes
pour the whiskey, pear syrup, and sour mix into a shaker
  1. Shake for 15-20 seconds, until well chilled and combined
  2. Strain into a whiskey or rocks glass
strain the pear whiskey sour into a rocks glass
  1. Garnish if desired, and enjoy
overhead view of two glasses filled with pear whiskey sour

More Whiskey Based Drinks to Try

Recipe FAQs

What Type of Whiskey Works Best for a Pear Whiskey Sour?

Rye whiskey is a great choice, but you may use any type of whiskey or bourbon whiskey that you like.

Feel free to experiment with flavored whiskey like Crown, which can be used to add apple or caramel notes to your drink.

Is Fresh Pear Juice Necessary, or Can I Use Store-Bought?

Fresh pear juice isn’t necessary, and the convenience of store bought cannot be beat. Use pear juice, nectar, or syrup for the best results.

Of course, you can peel, core, and blend your own pears as well. Make sure to use a ripe one for the best sweetness and flavor, and strain to remove particles.

How Can I Make a Pear Whiskey Sour Without Simple Syrup?

To make a pear whiskey sour without simple syrup, just use the pears! They offer a lot of natural sweetness, so you likely don’t need to add anything additional.

However, for a sweeter drink, you can add about 1 Tbsp of honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, or canned pear syrup for a sweetness.

Can I Prepare a Batch of Pear Whiskey Sour in Advance for a Party?

Yes, you can mix the ingredients (excluding the ice) in advance and refrigerate. Add ice and shake before serving.

Simply scale up the recipe to the desired number of servings. I’d recommend only making it 24 hours in advance, though, particularly if using fresh pears.

Can I Adjust the Sweetness and Sourness Levels to My Preference?

Absolutely! To make it more sweet, add additional pear juice or some simple syrup. For more sourness, add extra sour mix or lemon juice.

You can also adjust the strength of the drink by adding more or less whiskey, or using a pear liquor instead of pear syrup.

Can I Use Canned Pears Instead of Fresh for Convenience?

Yes, if you’d like to make your own pear syrup, using canned pears is a fine option instead of fresh. Blend the pears along with the syrup or water they are canned in to make it easier to strain.

You can use canned pears in water, or in syrup if you’d prefer a sweeter cocktail.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Glassware. Old fashioned glasses are the most common option. Alternatives include rocks, delmonico, or cobbler glasses
  • For fresh lemon juice, one medium-sized lemon generally gives me about 2 ounces of juice once squeezed. If you’re scaling the recipe, adjust the number you need accordingly!
pear whiskey sour in a rocks glass with a slice of fresh pear and cinnamon stick inside

Storage and Batch Tips

  • This recipe can be scaled up for as many drinks as you’d like, and added to a pitcher and stored in the refrigerator. Just give it a stir, and pour into individual glasses (over ice if you’d like it extra cold) to serve
  • When using fresh pears to make the syrup, only make it up to 24 hours in advance for best results

More Recipes For Pear Lovers

Final Thoughts

It doesn’t get much easier than a 3 ingredient, 5 minute cocktail! This pear whiskey sour is a perfect fall and winter twist on a bar classic.

Since it’s so simple to make, it’s perfect for entertaining, especially around the holidays. With all your friends and family coming into town, you’re definitely going to want a cocktail!

Whether you choose to make your own pear juice or just buy it in the store is up to you, but I’m always a fan of convenience with everything going on in life! Plus, you can use any leftovers to make some of my other great pear cocktails above. Enjoy!

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3 Ingredient Pear Whiskey Sour Recipe

Just 3 ingredients and 5 minutes is all it takes to make this pear whiskey sour! It’s perfect for fall and winter entertaining with its cozy, warm vibes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 1
Calories 183 kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cup (liquid)
  • Cocktail shaker (or mason jar with lid)
  • Old fashioned glass (or similar)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Ounces rye whiskey (such as Bulleit)
  • 2 Ounces pear juice, nectar, or syrup (such as Root Au Pear)
  • 1 Ounce prepared sour mix or ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Measure and pour the whiskey, pear syrup, and the sour mix or lemon juice into a shaker (or mason jar) with a few ice cubes
  • Shake for 15-20 seconds, until well chilled and combined
  • Strain into an old fashioned, whiskey, or rocks glass
  • Garnish if desired, and enjoy

Notes

  • You can use any variety of whiskey you like or have on hand, I just happen to like the flavor profile of rye whiskey for this best
  • Instead of the pear syrup you can use a fresh pear that’s been blended and strained, pear juice (like Knudsen’s), or pear nectar
  • You could also use pear brandy or pear vodka! Reduce the whiskey down to 1 ounce to compensate for the additional alcohol, and add ½ – 1 ounce of simple syrup, maple syrup, or honey to make up for the missing sweetness
  • Since I have some sour mix on hand, that’s what I’m using. However, this drink is less “artificial” tasting if you use fresh lemon juice instead
  • Garnish options include: Cinnamon stick, slice of pear, star anise, sprig of fresh rosemary, or a lemon slice (and any combination thereof!)
  • This recipe can be scaled up for as many drinks as you’d like, and added to a pitcher and stored in the refrigerator (without ice). Just give it a stir, and pour into individual glasses (over ice if you’d like it extra cold) to serve
  • When using fresh pears to make the juice, only make it up to 24 hours in advance for best results
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, any swaps or garnishes added, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 145gCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSodium: 36mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 13gVitamin C: 1.5mgCalcium: 4.1mgIron: 0.2mg
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Katie Vine