honey pear bellini

This pear bellini is the cocktail your Thanksgiving guests have been waiting for! It’s a sparkling, honeyed pear cocktail with a splash of Cognac and gorgeous garnish of candied sage leaves.

  • Author: Indi Hampton
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American


candied sage leaves

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 egg white, beaten

pear sage syrup

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 8- 10 fresh sage leaves

pear bellini

  • 1 oz pear sage syrup (recipe above)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Cognac (VS or VSOP is fine)
  • 3 oz brut Champagne, chilled (can substitute Cava or other traditional method sparkling wine)
  • 1 candied sage leaf (recipe above)


candied sage leaves

  1. Place sugar in a shallow bowl. Swirl a sage leaf in the egg white, then use your thumb and forefinger to squeeze off as much excess liquid as you can. Lay the leaf in the sugar and gently toss to coat both sides. Gently transfer to a parchment paper lined plate to dry. Repeat with remaining leaves.
  2. Place a large bowl or tupperware container over the plate to keep bugs away but allow for air circulation. Candied sage leaves are ready when they’re firm and crisp, 8- 12 hours. 

pear sage syrup

  1. Combine honey, water and pear in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until pears soften, about 5 minutes. Mash pear against the side of the pot, stir in sage leaves and continue to gently simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Strain syrup, discard solids, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

pear bellini

  1. Combine pear sage syrup, lemon juice and brandy in a cocktail shaker and stir to combine.
  2. Pour into a flute and top with chilled Champagne. Garnish with a candied sage leaf and enjoy!


Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


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