Teddy Bear 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 22, 2024


The Teddy Bear cocktail is a delightful concoction that seems to have emerged from the craft cocktail movement, where bartenders experiment with a variety of flavors and spirits. It's a hit among those who enjoy a balance of fruity and spicy notes, with a comforting warmth that's reminiscent of the cuddly toy it's named after.

  • Origins
    • The exact origins are a bit hazy, but it's believed to have been created in the early 21st century.
    • It's a modern twist on fruit-based cocktails, with the addition of cinnamon to give it a unique kick.
  • Popularity
    • This cocktail is particularly popular in the fall and winter months.
    • It's a favorite for those who enjoy sweet, yet complex drinks.

How Teddy Bear Tastes?

The Teddy Bear cocktail offers a sweet and fruity flavor profile with a hint of spice from the cinnamon. It's a warm, comforting drink with a smooth texture, thanks to the pear and cognac liqueur, and a crisp freshness from the apple juice.

Interesting facts about Teddy Bear

  • The name 'Teddy Bear' adds a playful and nostalgic element to the cocktail, making it a conversation starter.
  • Pear & cognac liqueur is a sophisticated ingredient that elevates the drink's profile.
  • The addition of cinnamon powder not only adds warmth but also provides potential health benefits, as cinnamon is known for its antioxidant properties.


Pear & Cognac Liqueur

This liqueur provides a sophisticated blend of ripe pear flavor with the rich, velvety background of Cognac. Using 1½ oz gives our Teddy Bear a mature backbone without overpowering the delicate pear. Less might leave you searching for that elegant touch; more, and you're in boozy bear territory.

Mary Mitkina

Apple Schnapps Liqueur

A touch of fun with ¾ oz of this sweet and crisp liquid. It intensifies the apple tones and brings in a candy-like sweetness. Too little, there's a whisper where a shout's needed; too much, and it's like biting into an overly sweet apple.

Alex Green

Cloudy & Unsweetened Apple Juice

Cloudiness implies more body and a rustic charm, providing depth at 1½ oz. Unsweetened safeguards our cocktail from becoming a sugary bear hug. Skimp on it, and the cocktail lacks volume; drown the drink in it, and it becomes a bear swimming in a cider mill.

Emma Rose

Ground Cinnamon Powder

Our spice whisperer - just a pinch. It ties together the liquors with its warm, earthy undertones. Leave it out, and there's a missed connection; overdo it, and it's a cinnamon challenge gone wrong.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Teddy Bear Drink

  • Ingredients

    • 1½ oz Pear & Cognac Liqueur
    • ¾ oz Apple Schnapps Liqueur
    • 1½ oz Cloudy & Unsweetened Apple Juice
    • 1 pinch of Ground Cinnamon Powder
  • Instructions

    1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
    2. Add all the ingredients into the shaker.
    3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
    4. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    5. Optionally, garnish with a thin slice of apple or a cinnamon stick.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the cocktail glass before serving to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • When shaking the cocktail, do so vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to properly mix the ingredients and achieve the right dilution.
  • A fine mesh strainer can help ensure that no ice shards or cinnamon bits end up in your final drink.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

Cheese: Aged cheddar or gouda will complement the fruity and warm spice notes of the cocktail.

Dessert: Apple crumble or pear tart would be delightful, as these desserts will echo the cocktail's flavors.

Meat: Roast pork with apple sauce is a classic pairing that would dance beautifully with the Teddy Bear's profile.

Drink Pairings

Tea: A hot cinnamon or spiced apple tea could accompany the cocktail for a non-alcoholic warm-up.

Cider: A dry or semi-dry hard cider could accompany this cocktail for those who appreciate a fully themed apple experience.

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What you could change in Teddy Bear

  • If you don't have pear & cognac liqueur, try using a combination of pear liqueur with a splash of cognac.
  • In place of apple schnapps, a good quality apple liqueur or apple brandy can be used.
  • For a less sweet option, use freshly pressed apple juice instead of the cloudy & unsweetened variety.

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Smoky Bear

  • 1½ oz Smoked Pear Liqueur
  • ¾ oz Apple Schnapps Liqueur
  • 1½ oz Cloudy & Unsweetened Apple Juice
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon Powder + Smoked Paprika

Replace the pear & cognac with a smoked pear liqueur and add a hint of smoked paprika with the cinnamon. It adds a campfire twist, invoking nights under the stars with a Teddy Bear by your side.

Honey Bear

  • 1½ oz Pear & Cognac Liqueur
  • ¾ oz Apple Schnapps Liqueur
  • 1 oz Cloudy Apple Juice
  • ½ oz Honey Syrup
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon Powder

Sweeter and more nectar-like, substitute some juice with honey syrup for a thicker sip. It's like your Teddy Bear just discovered the bees' honeypot.

Berry Bear

  • 1 oz Pear & Cognac Liqueur
  • 1 oz Blackberry Liqueur
  • 1½ oz Cloudy & Unsweetened Apple Juice
  • 1 pinch Ground Cinnamon Powder

A berry variation that tames the pear & cognac with the tartness of blackberry liqueur. It's a berry patch adventure with Teddy, picking fruits in the orchard.

In case you forgot basics how to make Teddy Bear

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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Teddy Bear

Is the Teddy Bear cocktail suitable for vegans?

Yes, all the ingredients in the Teddy Bear cocktail are plant-based, making it suitable for vegans.

Can I make the Teddy Bear cocktail non-alcoholic?

Absolutely. You can substitute the alcoholic components with non-alcoholic pear juice and a cinnamon-apple syrup to maintain the flavor profile.

What is the best type of ice to use when shaking the Teddy Bear cocktail?

It's best to use large ice cubes for shaking as they melt slower, reducing the risk of over-diluting the cocktail.

What can I use if I don't have a shaker for making a cocktail?

You can use a mason jar or a sports drink bottle as a makeshift shaker. Just be sure it's sealed properly before shaking.

How long can I store leftover Pear & Cognac Liqueur?

Pear & Cognac Liqueur can be stored in a cool, dark place for several months. Once opened, it should be consumed within 6 months for optimal taste.

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