Pear Pressure: Pear and Ginger Non-Alcoholic Martini Recipe

Craving something a little special tonight? Why not treat yourself to this deliciously sweet Pear and Ginger Non-Alcoholic Martini?

Crisp, fresh pears meet candied spiced ginger: this is a drink to sip slowly and savor.

Be warned, the luscious ginger syrup is pure nectar, but should be used sparingly: it packs a ginger and sugar punch.  

Any unused syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks or frozen for up to two months.  You’ll find yourself using it as your ‘go-to’ substitute sweetener to add a little spice to your mocktail creations.  It is delicious drizzled over ice cream or greek yogurt too.

Go on, give in to the Pear Pressure!


  • 3 oz. (90 ml) pear juice
  • ½  oz. (15 ml) ginger syrup (see below)
  • ½ oz. (15 ml) freshly squeezed lime (approximately ½ a lime)
  • Piece of fresh pear, slice of lime and/or ginger root to garnish (optional)

For the ginger syrup

  • 2 oz. (60 g) fresh ginger root peeled and sliced into ¼ inch pieces
  • 4 oz. (120 g) sugar
  • 4 oz. (120 ml) water


  • Knife
  • Heavy-bottom saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Citrus juicer
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini glass


  1. First, make the ginger syrup.
  2. Peel and slice the ginger root into small rounds.
  3. Add the ginger, water and sugar to the saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer the syrup for 30 minutes.
  6. Strain the ginger syrup through a fine-mesh sieve to reserve the liquid (discard the ginger slices) and leave to cool to room temperature.
  7. Store in a glass bottle or airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  8. Next, assemble the mocktail.
  9. Add the pear juice, ginger syrup and lime juice to the cocktail shaker.
  10. Throw in a handful of ice and shake for 15-20 seconds until the side of the shaker is extremely cold.
  11. Strain into a martini glass.
  12. Garnish with a slice of pear or a piece of ginger.

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Pear and Ginger Non-Alcoholic Martini FAQ

Can I make the ginger syrup in advance?
Yes, you can make the ginger syrup in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to two months.

Can I use bottled pear juice?
Yes, you can use bottled pear juice or juice your own pears for this recipe.  If you decide to juice your own pears, ensure that they are ripe (slightly soft to the touch) for the best flavor.

Can I make this recipe without a cocktail shaker?
Yes.  If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can mix the ingredients in a glass filled with ice until the mixture is freezing cold.  Alternatively, you can use a mason jar with lid as a substitute shaker too.  You may need to shake for a little longer to bring the mocktail down to the desired temperature.

Can I adjust the sweetness of the mocktail?
Yes, you can adjust the sweetness of the mocktail by adding more or less ginger syrup.  You can adjust the amount of lime juice to balance the sourness to your taste too.

Can I use a different type of juice instead of pear juice?
Yes, you can experiment with different juices.  Apple and pear juice are good alternatives that work well with the ginger syrup.

Can I make a large batch of this mocktail for a party?
Yes, you can easily scale up the recipe to make a larger batch.  Simply adjust the quantities of the ingredients and mix them in a pitcher or pinch bowl instead of a cocktail shaker.

Can I use honey instead of sugar to make the ginger syrup?
Yes, you can substitute honey instead of sugar to make the ginger syrup.  However, you’ll need to adjust the ingredient quantities because honey is much sweeter than refined sugar.  Try 2 oz. (60 ml) of honey to 6 oz. (240 ml) or water for the base sugar syrup.

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