Pear Bourbon Cocktail

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a good cocktail recipe!  Now that the temps are dropping here in Michigan, I have the perfect fall drink for a cozy night by the fire.  This pear bourbon cocktail is the Mr.’s latest concoction based on a drink we had a local restaurant a few weeks ago (Terra in Grand Rapids for you locals). I had to order it based on the name alone – The Boyfriend Hoodie, which sounds perfectly cozy!  We changed up the ingredients a bit just based on what we had on hand, but it’s equally delicious.

Pear Bourbon Cocktail

For some reason, the Mr. and I tend to drink bourbon cocktails more in the fall/winter months than any other time of the year.  I love warm apple cider with a shot of bourbon or this Lemon Maple Bourbon is a fave too this time of year.

Pear Bourbon Cocktail

This pear bourbon cocktail is pretty simple. It combines pear juice, bourbon, walnut bitters, and a dash of cinnamon. It’s a bit like an old fashioned with a fall twist. I know pear juice seems like a weird ingredient but they sell it right next to the apple juice and it’s delicious!

Pear Bourbon Cocktail

If you want to take this cocktail up a notch use bourbon aged in maple syrup barrels. It has the perfect subtle hint of maple and adds a bit of sweetness – so good!  We love to use Iron Fish Bourbon or Mammoth Bourbon (or their Rye Whiskey) – both Northern Michigan distilleries and both age a version in Maple Syrup barrels.

Pear Bourbon Cocktail

You could also use whatever bourbon or rye whiskey you have on hand and throw in a splash of maple syrup to get the same flavors. I like to sprinkle cinnamon on top of a pear slice and top my drink with it, but you could also sprinkle the cinnamon straight into the drink too.

Pear Bourbon Cocktail

Pear Bourbon Cocktail

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cocktail
Servings 1


  • 3 ounces pear juice
  • 3 ounces maple finished bourbon Like Iron Fish or Mammoth
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • optional pear slice
  • ice


  • Add pear juice, bourbon, bitters to glass.
  • Add a large ice cube.
  • Slice the pear and sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish the drink.
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I can’t wait to warm up with this pear bourbon cocktail after a chilly weekend of soccer momming – Happy weekend!

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  1. 5 stars
    Having it right now. New fall favorite. Used Knob Creek Smoked Maple – great smokey maple taste. Pear wasn’t quite ripe, but still worked. Loved the hint from the Black Walnut Bitters. Delicious. Thx!

  2. 5 stars
    Tried this lastnite….. Had to use Buffalo Trace because well, I live in the sticks. But this drink is fantastic!

  3. 5 stars
    I love you sight; but may I make a suggestion?? I am legally blind – and the pale gray font does nothing for bad eye sight. is there a way to use bold black, or bold navy?? just a thought. Thanks for letting me share. I understand if it can’t be done. Have a great week-end!

    1. Hey Dee, are you reading on desktop or mobile? It shows up almost black for me on my desktop? It does seem a little lighter on my phone for some reason. I’ll look into figuring that out thanks!

  4. I’ve been wanting to try a new fall cocktail. This is the perfect recipe to take for a spin. Thanks so much!!

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