Perfect for holiday entertaining, this martini is made with pear vodka, amaretto, sparkling apple cider, and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

Gingerbread vodka cocktail in a martini glass with a sugared rim and a second cocktail in the background.

This holiday-spiced vodka martini is made with pear-flavored vodka which you can buy ready-made, or, if you plan ahead you can easily make it yourself.

How to Make Pear-Infused Vodka

If you don’t have the time to infuse your own vodka, store-bought is fine. Grey Goose and Absolut are both great brands. If you do have time, read on.

One week in advance:

  • Peel, core, and slice 4 to 5 medium-sized, ripe but firm Anjou pears.
  • Pack them into a 1-quart Mason jar, add a vanilla bean, and pour your favorite vodka over top. Seal tightly.
  • Store in a cool, dry place for 4 to 7 days, giving the jar a gentle shake once daily.
  • Taste after 4 days, and if you are happy with the flavor, strain into a different container through cheesecloth or a fine strainer.
  • If you’d like more flavor (and you likely will), let the vodka continue to steep for another 2 to 3 days.

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Perfect for holiday entertaining, this martini is made with pear vodka, amaretto, sparkling apple cider, and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pear-infused vodka
  • 3/4 ounce amaretto
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Sugar, for rimming (see notes)
  • 1 star anise pod, for garnish

Instructions

  • Pour some sugar (see notes) onto a small shallow plate or saucer. Moisten the rim of the martini glass and dip it into the sugar, twisting slightly for good coverage.
  • Add the pear-infused vodka, amaretto, apple cider, and pumpkin pie spice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into the sugar-rimmed martini glass. Float the star anise pod for garnish and serve.

Tips for Making This Recipe

How to Make Pear-Infused Vodka

If you don’t have the time to infuse your own vodka, store-bought is fine. Grey Goose and Absolut are both great brands. If you do have time, read on.
One week in advance:
  • Peel, core, and slice 4 to 5 medium-sized, ripe but firm Anjou pears.
  • Pack them into a 1-quart Mason jar, add a vanilla bean, and pour your favorite vodka over top. Seal tightly.
  • Store in a cool, dry place for 4 to 7 days, giving the jar a gentle shake once daily.
  • Taste after 4 days, and if you are happy with the flavor, strain into a different container through cheesecloth or a fine strainer.
  • If you’d like more flavor (and you likely will), let the vodka continue to steep for another 2 to 3 days.

About the rimming sugar:

When rimming cocktails you can use regular granulated sugar, purchase flavored rimming sugars online or at your local liquor store, or pick up our favorite – turbinado sugar. Turbinado sugar generally has slightly larger crystals than conventional granulated, but they’re not so large that they won’t adhere well to your glass. 
Calories: 223kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 64mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg
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