Millionaire Pear

Photo of a pear vodka martini in an elegant martini glass, with the rim coated with sugar and the drink garnished with a fresh pear slice.

Millionaire Pear

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes


1 people

This delicious Millionaire Pear looks great in a martini glass, champagne flute or cocktail glass, especially with the sparkle of the sugared rim.

The vodka float and black pepper make for a subtle, elegant appearance but the addition of a few pear batons as garnish would not detract from its simplicity. A very thin pear slice (cut on a mandolin) can also be floated on top.

This recipe was developed for USA Pears by Louis Bustamente, Vallejo, California.


  • 1/4 USA Bartlett pear, sliced
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce pear liqueur, such as Clear Creek Pear Brandy or Aqua Perfecta Pear Eau de Vie
  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 1/4 ounce vanilla-infused simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • Mandarin blossom vodka, such as Hangar One or Absolut Mandarin
  • Ice
  • Finely ground fresh black pepper


  • 1 Dip the rim of a chilled cocktail glass in sugar and set aside.
  • 2 In a shaker, muddle pear slices with lemon juice. Fill with ice; add pear liqueur, vodka and simple syrup. Shake well and strain into the sugar-rimmed glass.
  • 3 Add a float of mandarin blossom vodka and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.

Vanilla-Infused Simple Syrup

  • 1 Bring sugar and water to boil in small pot. Remove from heat and add the vanilla bean and seeds. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain and chill.


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