Your car, house, and wardrobe aren’t the only things that need winterizing; your cocktail party offerings deserve a sprucy winter makeover, too! Why not start with this enticingly frosty-looking pear vanilla concoction? Created by our wedding wellness expert, Carlene Thomas, RD, using ripe, sweetly spicy Bosc pears and fresh, warming nutmeg—a supposed aphrodisiac—it’s just the thing to lift those winter blues and put you in a festive mood. Having a winter wedding? This drink is seasonally apropos, and it will delight your guests’ palates with its rich, aromatic flavors. Here’s Carlene with all the delicious details.
Baby, it’s cold outside! But that doesn’t mean you should forget about frosty, sparkling, snow-inspired cocktails. Pears are a fabulous winter fruit that we traditionally send to each other during the holidays. Unlike a kitschy fruit cake, pears should be enjoyed posthaste with guests. With a splash of vanilla vodka and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg, this icy drink becomes surprisingly warm and cozy.
- 1 ounce of vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce of pear vodka
- Club soda (to fill glass)
- 1/2 small Bosc pear
- Sanding sugar (for garnish)
- Nutmeg, fresh
- Ice, shaved
Process ice into a shaved ice texture using a mixer (e.g., a food processor or a Vitamix).
Use a pear slice to moisten glass rim. Pour sanding sugar and freshly grated nutmeg onto a plate. Press the moistened rim into the sugar to coat it.
Add the shaved ice to the glass. Pour vodkas and club soda to fill. Slice pear rounds and position in glass. Stir.
Photos and recipe by Carlene Thomas