You can do champagne, and then you can really class it up and do champagne cocktails for New Year's Eve. Whether you're hosting a party and pouring cocktails all night or want to do something special for that midnight toast, this Forbidden Pear cocktail is sure to impress your guests. It's a slight twist on Liquor.com's Forbidden Apple recipe, which is also a slight twist on a traditional champagne cocktail (sugar, bitters, champs). Isn't almost any cocktail a twist on something classic? Liquor.com used Calvados, which is an apple brandy, Grand Marnier and some Angostura bitters. Instead of Calvados, I used J Pear Liqueur, which I included in a Spiced Pear Margarita for last New Year's Eve. I absolutely love this stuff. It's made by J Vineyards & Winery in Healdsburg, California using Bartlett pears and has hints of cinnamon, vanilla and honey — perfect for winter. If you can't find this particular liqueur, feel free to use any kind of pear brandy, as well as your favorite aromatic bitters. I had recently finished making a batch of aromatic bitters for my little Bitter Revenge line to give out during the holidays. I left out the orange twist, as I wanted to taste more of the pear notes. I can't wait to make this drink for friends and really kick off the New Year, or just find an excuse to celebrate anytime this winter. It's a rich, slightly sweet libation that makes any special occasion feel a little more luxe.
- 3-5 dashes of Angostura or aromatic bitters (I used my Bitter Revenge "Et Tu, Brute" house bitters)
- 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
- 1 oz pear brandy (I used J Pear Liqueur)
- 4 oz champagne (I used Moet Chandon's Imperial)
- Optional - orange twist for garnish
- Add the bitters, Grand Marnier and pear brandy into a champagne flute.
- Top with champagne.
- Optional to add the orange twist.