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Ginger Pear Martini or Mocktail {Recipe ReDux}

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux post, and this month’s theme is ~ Beverages Are Hot. Whether you’re serving up something hot or cool, kid-friendly or happy hour worthy, show us your healthier drink.”

It’s true that sometimes browsing over the drinks menu is just as great as the eats menu.  I love when restaurants are cleaver and creative with their cocktails and go out of their way to make their nonalcoholic drinks fun and interesting.

A few months ago I experimented with Spiced Candied Ginger, and was left with the most delicious ginger syrup as a tasty by-product of that recipe.  It was too good to discard, so I ended up using it in tea, and splashed in seltzer water, and in this completely delicious and amazing Ginger Pear Martini.

I know the Recipe ReDuxers asked us to make it healthy…but sometimes you just need a fun and festive mixed drink.  For my your mental health.  Just sayin’.


Ginger Pear Martini|Craving Something Healthy


Ginger actually is quite healthy.  It’s got great antimicrobial properties, and has long been used for colds, flu, and to calm an upset stomach.  If you prefer a non-alcoholic version of this drink, no worries, I’ve got you covered!  And honestly, it’s just as good as the martini version.



Ginger Pear Martini|Craving Something Healthy



Ginger Pear Martini or Mocktail

Yield: 2 drinks


    For Ginger Syrup
  • 1/2 pound fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch round slices
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • For Martini
  • 1 ounce ginger syrup (see instructions below)
  • 1 ounce pear nectar
  • 1 ounce pear liqueur
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • For Mocktail
  • 1 ounce ginger syrup
  • 2 ounce pear nectar
  • 8 ounces plain or pear seltzer


Place sugar, water and sliced ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.

Reduce heat to low, and simmer ginger for about 30 minutes, or until tender.

Strain ginger, reserving syrup.

Pour syrup into a drink container with a lid, and refrigerate until cool. Syrup can be made several days ahead.

For martini, mix all ingredients with a few pieces of ice, in a martini shaker, and pour into 2 glasses.

For mocktail, stir ingredients together and pour over glass with ice.


Ginger syrup can be made ahead and will keep for up to a week. Reserve ginger to use in tea, or for candied ginger


Bottoms Up! And be sure to check out what the other members of the Recipe Redux are drinking!

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5 Responses to “Ginger Pear Martini or Mocktail {Recipe ReDux}”

  1. Serena says:

    Pear and ginger are my all-time fave combo!! Great point about the antimicrobial properties of ginger…I always forget that!

  2. I love all things ginger so I certainly cannot wait to try this one! Thanks for another great recipe!

  3. Hi Anne,
    I rarely ever have a mixed drink, but when I do it makes it that much more special. And your ginger pear martini would be so deliciously memorable in my mind.

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