Fall Cocktail: Pear & Cranberry Sparkler

The end of peach season means saying goodbye to Bellinis and hello to another sparkling cocktail. We were desperate for a new sparkling cocktail to serve at brunch and holiday soirees but apples just wouldn’t do. With pears coming into season we grabbed pear nectar and our favorite sparkling Italian dessert wine and voila—a sparkling pear cocktail. (It’s on the sweeter side but then again, you only need one to kick off the party.)


Serves 8

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

1/2 cup organic pear nectar

32 ounces chilled Moscato d’Asti wine (available in good wine shops; we like Nivole brand)


Place cranberries in a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons warm water, and soak for 10 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and set aside.

Divide pear nectar evenly among eight tall Champagne glasses. Add a cranberry to each glass and then top off with the Moscato d’Asti.

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