If you are in the mood for a potent and classy cocktail, the Poire Ivre might be for you. This totally boozy cocktail pairs gin with dry vermouth and pear liqueur for a smooth and subtle treat. Although I suppose it’s not too classy, as the name Poire Ivre literally means drunken pear in French. This is what happens when you are cocktail creating and you have a few iterations of something, and then you need to come up with a name.
London dry is a great choice here, whatever your go-to gin of choice is. Bombay makes a great one, so does the Botanist, which might be my current favorite. Pear liqueurs are sometimes harder to find, but you may want to try this with a pear brandy if you have a bottle of that handy. You’ll definitely have a richer flavor. For the vermouth, we tried this drink with sweet vermouth and it was just TOO MUCH. The switch to a dry vermouth was definitely the best call to make.
- 1 Oz. Gin
- .75 Oz. Dry Vermouth
- .75 Oz. Pear liqueur or pear brandy
- Combine all of your ingredients into a cocktail glass and stir with ice.
- Strain into your coupe or martini glass.
- Sip slowly!
Notes on the Poire Ivre gin and pear cocktail.
This is definitely a drink for sipping! The flavors are subtle, yet the alcohol content can pack a whollop.
You can also go the other way and decrease the amount of alcohol by using a pear syrup if you like.
I’m not sure this drink actually needs a garnish. The vermouth and pear complement each other so well, it seems like a garnish would just get in the way.