Pear Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Pear Whiskey Sour is a modern twist on the classic Whiskey Sour. While the traditional sour dates back to the 1700s, this fruity variation has gained popularity among those who appreciate a balance of sweet and tart flavors in their cocktails.

  • Origin: The Whiskey Sour itself is part of the sour family of mixed drinks that are often defined by their combination of spirit, sweetener, and citrus.
  • Popularity: The addition of pear to the Whiskey Sour has made it a favorite in upscale bars and among cocktail enthusiasts who enjoy experimenting with different fruit flavors.
  • Ideal Consumer: It's particularly well-liked by individuals who prefer a cocktail that's not too sweet, but still offers a refreshing fruitiness.

How Pear Whiskey Sour Tastes?

The Pear Whiskey Sour offers a harmonious blend of mellow pear sweetness with the robustness of whiskey, complemented by a zesty lemon tang. It's a well-rounded cocktail that's both bold and smooth, with a hint of bitterness from the lemon to cut through the sweetness.

Interesting facts about Pear Whiskey Sour

  • The Pear Whiskey Sour can be considered a seasonal cocktail, often enjoyed in the fall when pears are at their peak ripeness.
  • The cocktail's smoothness makes it an excellent choice for sipping slowly over conversation.
  • The use of fresh pear juice or puree can significantly affect the flavor profile, making it a versatile drink for customization.


  • Whiskey: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Fresh pear juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Fresh lemon juice: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Egg white: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ice cubes: as needed
  • Lemon twist: 1
  • Angostura bitters: a dash


The 2oz of whiskey provides a robust, oaky backbone. Too much, and you would overpower the delicate pear; too little, and the drink loses its 'sour' edge. Without it, you're missing the party!

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Fresh Pear Juice

1oz of fresh pear juice adds a unique, mellow sweetness. Mismatch the measure, and you'll tip the sour balance. Leave it out, and you'll be pear-less in a whiskey wonderland.

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Fresh Lemon Juice

Coming in hot at 0.75oz, lemon juice is the zesty counteract to the sweetness, providing balance. Don't skimp or you'll lose the 'sour' in whiskey sour. Pour too much and the lemon will bulldoze the pear.

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Simple Syrup

A gentle 0.5oz of simple syrup ensures the cocktail isn't too tart. Wrong ratio could mean a pucker face or a sugar rush. No syrup would result in an unbalanced sourpuss.

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Egg White

The 1oz egg white gives a velvety texture. Skip it and you skip the smoothness, do a misstep in measurement and you might get a texture no one egg-spects!

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Ice Cubes

Ice cubes are essential for chilling; they're the cool kids in the mix. No ice means a warm, uninviting drink, too much and you might water down the fun.

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Lemon Twist

The lemon twist is garnish that adds aroma and elegance. Forget it and you miss that citrus kiss of flavor. A sad cocktail is an ungarnished one.

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Angostura bitters

A dash of Angostura bitters gives a hint of spice and complexity. It's the cherry on top, sans cherry. The magic is in the dash; overdo it, and it's a bitter end.

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Recipe. How to make Pear Whiskey Sour Drink

  1. In a shaker, combine whiskey, pear juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
  2. Dry shake (without ice) vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist and a dash of Angostura bitters on top.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality, ripe pear to make the juice; it will make a significant difference in the cocktail's flavor.
  • Make sure to shake the cocktail vigorously both times to properly emulsify the egg white.
  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the drink colder for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Board

A selection of cheeses, especially aged ones like cheddar or gouda, can complement the sweetness of the pear and the boldness of whiskey.

Grilled Meats

Grilled pork or chicken can be a sublime match, where the smoky flavors marry well with the fruitiness and acidity of the cocktail.


Sweet treats like apple tarts or vanilla-based desserts can enhance the pear and highlight the whiskey's warmth.


Classic finger foods like bruschetta or smoked salmon on toast offer a nice contrast to the cocktail's sweet and sour profile.

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What you could change in Pear Whiskey Sour

  • Whiskey: If you don't have a preferred whiskey, bourbon or rye can also be used for a different flavor profile.
  • Pear Juice: In absence of fresh pear juice, pear nectar or even apple juice can be a substitute, though the taste will vary.
  • Egg White: For a vegan option, aquafaba (chickpea brine) is a great substitute for egg white.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour

Use cinnamon-flavored whiskey for a warming twist. This version carries a comforting spice that cozies up with the sweetness of the pear.

Honey Pear Whiskey Sour

Swap out simple syrup for honey syrup. This variation offers a richer and more rounded sweetness, and adds a floral note to the drink's profile.

Smoky Pear Whiskey Sour

Add a splash of mezcal to introduce a smoky layer. It's a nod to the grilled meats pairing, embracing a fusion of orchard and smokehouse.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pear Whiskey Sour

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Pear Whiskey Sour

Can I use pre-packaged pear juice instead of fresh pear juice for the Pear Whiskey Sour?

Yes, you can use pre-packaged pear juice, but the fresher the juice, the better the taste of the cocktail will be.

What is the best temperature to serve the Pear Whiskey Sour?

The Pear Whiskey Sour is best served chilled to enhance the flavors and provide a refreshing experience.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Pear Whiskey Sour?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version by substituting the whiskey with a non-alcoholic spirit or ginger ale.

How can I achieve a frothy top without using egg whites?

You can use a cocktail foamer or a bit of cream to create a similar frothy texture.

Can the Pear Whiskey Sour be pre-made for a party?

While you can mix the ingredients ahead of time, it's best to do the final shake with ice and add the garnishes just before serving.

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