As the seasons change, so must our menus. Even though I love the fall (It’s my favorite time of year.), there is a part of me that hates to see summer go. However, with this vanilla pear cocktail, I’m able to hold onto the freshness of summer while welcoming the rich flavor of fall with open arms. And that, my friends, is a wining combination.

Pear Vanilla Cocktail | Inspired by Charm

The base of this cocktail is pear juice. I was lucky enough to find some perfectly ripe pears at the grocery store, so I just extracted the juice in my juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, don’t worry, pear nectar will suit this recipe just fine.

Pear Vanilla Cocktail | Inspired by Charm

In addition to the pear nectar, this cocktail comes together with only two other ingredients – pear vodka and vanilla paste. In case you’ve never heard of vanilla paste, it’s basically just a thicker version of vanilla extract that contains the seeds from the vanilla beans. It’s incredibly rich and delicious.

Pear Vanilla Cocktail | Inspired by Charm

To make this cocktail extra special, I started off with these gorgeous monogrammed double old-fashioned glasses. When entertaining, there’s nothing more personal than a monogram. I rimmed the glasses with some lemon juice, then dipped each in coarse sugar to add a bit of sweetness and sparkle.

Pear Vanilla Cocktail | Inspired by Charm

Pear Vanilla Cocktail | Inspired by Charm

To keep the drinks nice and cool, I used this colossal ice cube. It’s such an unexpected touch in a cocktail and really does its job.

Pear Vanilla Cocktail | Inspired by Charm

With the glasses ready, the ingredients where blended in a cocktail shaker and poured into the glasses. I garnished each drink with a straw and slice of fresh pear.

Pear Vanilla Cocktail | Inspired by Charm

And that’s it!

A deliciously refreshing cocktail to end the summer and welcome the fall. Perfection.

Pear Vanilla Cocktail | Inspired by Charm

Vanilla Pear Cocktail

Here’s what you will need:
12 ounces pear juice (or nectar)
6 ounces pear vodka
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Coarse sugar for rim
Fresh pear slice for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, mix together the pear juice, vodka, and vanilla bean paste. Pour the cocktail into a glass with ice and a sugared rim. This will make four cocktails

Michael Wurm, Jr. is a designer and lifestyle blogger. On his blog, Inspired by Charm, Michael shares his love and tips for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide the tools and inspiration for everyone to live a happy, colorful life.