Pearaschino Bourbon Cocktail

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Bourbon, pear and cherry … seriously, how can you go wrong with those flavors?

When you see maraschino liqueur in the ingredients, don’t think of those neon-red cherries that never go bad! It’s actually a liqueur made from real cherries, pit and all, that has a light nutty flavor.


  • 1 ½ oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 oz maraschino liqueur
  • ½ oz pear syrup*
  • 1 oz ginger ale


In a shaker, combine the bourbon, maraschino liqueur, and pear syrup. Shake thoroughly with ice. Strain into a martini glass and top with ginger ale, about 1 oz. Garnish with a cherry.

*Pear syrup

2 pears
1 c sugar
2 c water
2 tbs vodka (optional)

First, cut up the pears. Combine them with the sugar and water in a pot on the stove. Boil for about 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the syrup has a strong pear flavor.

Strain the pears from the syrup (you can also save the pears and use as an excellent topping on ice cream, yogurt, etc.). Transfer the syrup to a bottle. If you want it to last longer, add a little vodka to the syrup.

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