Bartlett Pear Sour Cocktail

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Bartlett Pear Sour Cocktail

Produced by Aimee Nishitoba, Photography by Carmen Cheung, Food Styling by Matthew Kimura, Prop Styling by Madeleine Johari.

This gorgeous fall cocktail is a seasonal version of a sidecar—a century-old drink made with brandy, orange liqueur and lemon juice—with a few tweaks. In our recipe, we use a pear liqueur in place of orange and omit the added sugar for a more tart flavour.—Christine Sismondo


  • 3 oz brandy
  • 1 1⁄2 oz pear liqueur
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 10 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 dehydrated pear chips or fresh pear fans , for garnish


  1. Combine brandy, liqueur, lemon juice and egg white in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well for 30 sec, then strain into 2 chilled coupe glasses. Add bitters and garnish.

Our pear liqueur faves

Our top picks are Golden 8 (The Williams) and Monimpex (Hungaria) Golden Pear. Alternatively, try a local variety from a craft distillery.

Kitchen tip

To make pear fans, cut a fresh pear into quarters. Thinly slice each quarter into 4 or 5 slices. Pierce a toothpick through a corner of each quarter, through all slices, then fan out.