This Toasted Pear Cocktail Is the Ultimate Autumn Drink

A smoky cocktail, courtesy of McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods Cafe in Pawling

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Try the smoky cocktail recipe, courtesy of McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods Cafe in Pawling, right when the Hudson Valley leaves begin to fall.

Apples may be the fruit of fall, but sweet and juicy pears are a close second. With a season that runs from August to mid-September, depending on the year, the fruit pairs (sorry) well with pretty much all of autumn’s traditional flavors. In fact, it can often work perfectly as substitutes for traditional apple desserts (poached pears or pear crisp, anyone?).

Of course, when it comes to simple ways to savor the fruit, it’s impossible to go wrong with a toasty fall cocktail. This smoky drink from McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods Cafe in Pawling swirls together rich bourbon and spiced rum with Luxardo and a DIY nectar for a drink that will have you ready for pumpkin picking and sweater weather in a flash.

So, whether you’re planning a fall fest with friends or simply need a drink to cheers to the weekend, this toasted pear cocktail will do just the trick. Here’s how to make this colorful concoction.

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Toasted Pear Cocktail


1 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz Captain Black Spiced Rum
.75 oz Luxardo Maraschino
2.5 oz cinnamon vanilla pear nectar*

toasted pear cocktail
Photo by Michael Polito


Add all ingredients to a mixing tin and shake vigorously. Double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a pear slice and cinnamon stick.

*Cinnamon Vanilla Pear Nectar (yields about 30 ounces)

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Peel, slice, and juice about a dozen pears. Boil liquid with 6 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, and 4 Madagascar vanilla beans for 30 minutes.

Looking for the perfect snack to pair this with? We recommend these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They’re sweet as your typical homemade chocolate chip cookie, plus they’re packed with the hallmark flavors of the season.

Related: 3 Fall Drink Recipes From Hudson Valley Cafés to Sip on Cool Days

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