Though a traditional martini is made with gin and dry vermouth, these days there are more variations than ever on this popular classic. Today’s most popular martinis are often made with a combination of vodka and a sweet, fruity ingredient like schnapps. In this article, you’ll learn how to make a pear martini.
Things You'll Need
- Mid-priced vodka (plain or pear-flavored)
- Pear schnapps
- Cocktail shaker
- Several ice cubes
- Cocktail glass (also called a martini glass)
Gather all your tools and ingredients. You may prefer a metal cocktail shaker to a plastic one because the metal helps the drink get colder.
Start with a simple 1:1 mixture. A cocktail glass holds about 6 oz.., so try to use about 2.5 oz. of each ingredient. When you shake the ingredients with ice to create a chilled drink, some of the ice will melt, increasing the amount of liquid in your drink. Pour vodka and pear schnapps into a martini shaker with three to four ice cubes. Later, you may decide to adjust the quantities of each type of alcohol depending on your tastes.
Make sure the cocktail shaker lid is on tight, then shake vigorously about 40 times. Shaking the ingredients with ice both cools the drink and introduces tiny air bubbles that make the drink more refreshing. After shaking, strain into a martini glass and enjoy!
Tips & Warnings
- For a less-sweet variation, just use chilled pear vodka without schnapps, or shake pear vodka with ice to dilute it slightly.
- If you’re mixing for a crowd, just multiply the amount of each ingredient times the number of guests you’ll be serving, making sure to increase the amount of ice in the cocktail shaker and leaving enough room for mixing.
- When mixing vodka with other ingredients, you won’t want to use top-shelf stuff. The extra benefits of high-end vodka will get lost in the fruitiness and sweetness of the pear liqueur. On the other hand, don’t go too cheap or your drink will taste and smell like rubbing alcohol and have a harsh sensation when you drink it.
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