Pear-Elderflower Gin & Tonic

Pear-Elderflower Gin & Tonic


A sweet and smooth cocktail recipe that is sure to win over G & T skeptics. This Pear-Elderflower Gin & Tonic has all the basics but with a touch of real pear and elderflower liqueur this is bound to be a fan favorite.


A Classic Cocktail with a Sweet Touch

Sometimes there is nothing better than an old classic.  Well, maybe there is when that oldie gets a fresh new twist.  

We have always loved G & T’s.  Their woodsy aroma draws one in and the sweet finish keeps you coming back. But sometimes even an old favorite needs a refresh.  Enter pear and elderflower liqueur. 


Muddle Away

Today is the perfect time to improve on your mixology skills.  With a few simple bar tools, like a muddler and cocktail shaker, you can craft your own libations at home. 

For this easy to make drink, fresh pear (any variety will work) is muddled with a sprig of rosemary to further enhance the herbal flavor of the gin. 

But it doesn’t stop there, then elderflower is added to provide extra fruity notes altering this traditionally dry cocktail into a sweet and smooth adult beverage.



  • Gin the heart of the drink that brings an herbal quality
  • Tonic Water this provides the bubbles in the drink and slight bitterness
  • Elderflower Liqueur – this liqueur brings a warm floral ingredient that fits perfectly in this easy drink
  • Fresh Pear –  Pear livens up this drink with bright flavor and just a subtle hint of apple
  • Fresh Rosemary –   The rosemary is for garnish and muddling. It’s pine and pepper aspects come through to reduce the bitter and tart additions from the tonic and pear. 


FAQ & Cocktail Tips:

  • Is tonic water healthy

    • Although the tonic in this drink is not unhealthy, it does have a significant amount of sugar and it is lacking in nutritional value. However, this drink unlike a traditional gin and tonic is light on the tonic for a lower overall calorie count. 
  • How strong is this cocktail? 

    • Honest answer? As strong as you would like it to be. If you make it exactly as instructed, it will be typical to what you would be served at an establishment. But, feel free to reduce the amount of gin or add an extra splash to fit your own taste. 
  • What is elderflower?

    • Elderberry bushes that are grown throughout England, northern Europe, and in the United States . They bloom in late May to early June and produce small white elderflowers. Those flowers are then used to make syrup or liqueur which can be used for cocktails or even baked goods. 
  • Mix It Up

    • Try replacing the pear with another fruit. Any citrus fruit would be a nice addition or strawberries would also be divine. 
  • Substitutions. 

    • Instead of elderflower liqueur, try using a splash of elderflower syrup. But it will be sweet, so don’t be too heavy-handed. Additionally, if you aren’t the biggest fan of gin, a vodka tonic is always an option. 


Bring out your inner mixologist

This is one fancy cocktail that you can’t miss.  It has classic roots but with a fun and fruity twist.  In fact, I think it might be 5 o’clock somewhere… Cheers! 


Ingredients for a pear-elderflower gin and tonic  Muddling pear, rosemary, elderflower liqueur, and gin in a cocktail shaker

Straining pear and rosemary from the gin and elderflower liqueur into a Boston cocktail shaker  A pear-elderflower gin & tonic being shaken in a cocktail shaker

A pear-elderflower gin & tonic being strained into a cocktail glass  Two pear-elderflower gin & tonics garnished with pear slices and a sprig of rosemary

A pear-elderflower gin & tonic garnished with rosemary and pear slices   Two pear-elderflower gin & tonics with bar tools in the background


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A pear-elderflower gin & tonic garnished with rosemary and pear slices

Pear-Elderflower Gin & Tonic

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 5 min.
  • Cook Time: 0 min.
  • Total Time: 5 min.
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Muddle, Strain, Shake
  • Cuisine: American


A sweet and smooth variation on a classic cocktail. This Pear-Elderflower Gin & Tonic is fruit, fresh, and perfect for entertaining!


  • 1 Medium Pear (Any variety, Chopped, Plus More for Garnish, if desired)
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary (Plus More for Garnish)
  • 3 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 4 oz Gin
  • 2 oz Tonic


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped pear and rosemary sprig with the elderflower and gin. 
  2. Strain the liquid into a glass and wash out the cocktail shaker
  3. Transfer the liquid back into the cocktail shaker and fill with ice. 
  4. Cover and shake until cold. Pour evenly between two glasses with ice and top off with tonic. 
  5. Garnish with a slice of pear and a rosemary sprig. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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