Looking over the lakes and mountains of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada this autumn, I sighed with satisfaction. I thought the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was where I would find my happy place on my trip with the Rocky Mountaineer. Imagine my surprise when it was at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge that I not only found my bliss, but also fell in love with the cosmopolitan; a drink that we all know from Sex in the City, but had been far too sweet for me for at least a decade. It would be a Pear Cosmopolitan recipe that won my heart, but more on that later.
I took a seat at the bar before dinner on my last night at this luxurious, yet rustically inspired hotel. The bartender gave me the menu, but nothing seemed to fit my mood. Like the best of bartenders, she started asking me a few questions. Did I like fruity? Some, but not too sweet. Did I like tart? Yes. Did I like whisky or vodka? More vodka, but I loved a good Scotch. She had just the thing.
What she came back with was a beautiful, cloudy drink with three floating cranberries in a martini glass. She declared it was a Pear Cosmopolitan. I was intrigued. How did you make a pear cosmo? With pear vodka, of course! I peppered her with more questions. I had to know what else was in this drink that was so smooth, with just a bit of crisp tart on the edge of my tongue as it hit the palate.
But why wasn’t it pink? Everyone knows Cosmopolitan cocktails are pink. Not if you use white cranberry juice. Ah-ha! That took that girlie, tropical look out of the cocktail and made it into something infinitely more grown-up and something even Carrie Bradshaw should have known to be drinking once she hit thirty. I mean really, who needs a pink drink, when you can show off with a cloudy white that matches anything you are wearing?
This ingenious bartender, who may or may not have even come up with this recipe, chatted with me as I sat and sipped. Naturally, I ordered another to bring to dinner with friends. She went on to give me the best gift of all. She wrote the recipe on a coaster.
I brought it home and recreated it, but her measurements were a bit off. Like most bartenders, she eyeballs a lot to make it perfect. I found her measurement for the lime was too much, so I cut it down. Too much lime overpowers the subtle pear in the vodka. Fresh lime juice is also much better than bottled lime juice.
As long as you have the ingredients, it is easy to create your own Pear Cosmopolitan cocktail at home. It is also the perfect party cocktail, especially in the autumn and winter months when pears are found in abundance at the local shops. Harry & David would be proud to have this served alongside their famous pears as well I’m sure.
Pear Cosmopolitan Ingredients
- 1.5 oz Absolut Pear Vodka
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice (add 1/4oz if you like it tart, but you will lose some of the pear)
- 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz Contreau
- 1 oz White Cranberry Juice
- 3 fresh cranberries
Pear Cosmopolitan Instructions
- Pour all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice
- Strain into a martini glass (we love these!)
- Place three cranberries in your Pear Cosmopolitan as garnish
Please drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive.