The days of ordering cocktails are so close I can almost taste them! I really love mixed drinks…I love the originality of them, I love garnishing them, making them look beautiful, and I just love holding them. They add such an air of elegance. I imagine Jay Gatsby had amazing craft cocktails at his parties, with hand cut ice cubes you could see through and no one was asking anyone if they wanted “white or red?”. This is why, for me, being able to have an occasional glass of wine over the course of 9 months doesn’t always cut it. Yes, it goes marvelously with a cheese plate and there’s certainly a place in my heart for that but it just LOOKS kind of boring, especially at a party. While I’m not cutting my own perfectly clear ice cubes over here I did find a solution! This Pear Rosemary mocktail fits the bill wonderfully. It’s sweet enough but the ginger beer allows for a spice that kind of mimics the kick of liquor – it’s not overwhelmingly too sweet and most importantly – it’s garnishable!
This recipe is also a great baby shower beverage option. I’ve used it multiple times and will add a bottle of champagne next to the mix just in case our not pregnant friends want to really get wild and add a bit on top. The easiest way to execute it for a party is mix the simple syrup, lemon juice and pear juice as the mixer, keep the ginger beer on the side and let people make their own. I’ll also add a plate of sugar and a small bowl of lemon juice to the side so people can sugar the rim.
It’s great because it adds a fun activity to the party that doesn’t feel cheesy or forced.
To make things extra festive I have a downloadable sign below that you can print out and add next to the set up so people know what to do. There are two versions – one with the option of a wine floater and one that
keeps it simple (no wine option).
For a single drink:
sugar for the rim
lemon wedges to rugar rim
2 Tbs lemon juice
4 Tbs pear juice
1 Tbs Rosemary Simple Syrup
6 Tbs ginger beer
Rosemary and Pear slices to garnish
To make the rosemary simple syrup: put equal parts sugar and water in a pot with a few sprigs of rosemary on medium heat. Stir occasionally and allow the sugar to melt. Once the sugar has melted, turn off heat and let the rosemary infuse until syrup has cooled.
For a party you can easily multiply it out but heres a starting point
To make the mixer for approx 40 beverages (15-20 people):
5 cups lemon juice
10 cups pear juice
2.5 cups rosemary simple syrup
** generally I will start with the lemon juice, add about 8 cups of pear juice and taste it from there. depending on what brands you buy and personal taste, the ratio may be different**
**for big batches like this I usually buy the lemon juice rather than squeezing dozens of lemons but that’s up to you!”
Party Mocktail Station Set Up:
Recipe print out
Mixer in a pitcher
Bottles of ginger beer (I usually assume 3-4 drinks can be made per bottle if you are using cocktail glasses or the small clear plastic disposable cups for a party)
Bowl of lemon juice for the rim
** depending on the size of the party you could also leave lemon wedges to use instead of dipping the rim in lemon juice**
Small plate with sugar for the rim
Extra rosemary and pear slices for garnishing
And thats about it! Obviously it’s also a huge crowd pleaser among the kids…Margot was so excited about it while I was taking photos I had to give her a taste…for about 2 seconds…until she almost dropped my favorite cocktail glass that isn’t made anymore…But let me tell you, she LOVED it.