Cardamom Pear Martini - an infused vodka recipe (2024)

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Aromatic cardamom and smooth, juicy pear blend brilliantly with vodka in this smart Cardamom Pear Martini that fits any season.

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I keep thinking it’s already Easter. The kids have been home from school for nearly a week. The weather has been more than reasonable. And I have managed to cover 2 Easter themed recipes over the last few weeks. How then, is there is still over a week to go before the long weekend?

In my time lag I planned a co*cktail for you to enjoy over the Easter weekend. It’s probably just as well I’ve been a little confused over dates. I had forgotten that the vodka for this Cardamom Pear Martini needs to infuse with the spice for 3-5 days ahead of any planned wild co*cktail shaking sessions you might have lined up.

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Once the vodka is ready, this co*cktail is a breeze to make. It’s a simple combination of the cardamom vodka, pear juice and Poire William Liqueurshaken over ice and poured. So easy.

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I usedbottled pear juice but if you have a juice extractor then I imagine using freshly squeezed pear juice would add an extra element of wow to this already charming co*cktail.

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I think that simplicity is one of the best features of co*cktails. Rarely can they be messed up by the home bartender (me). Oh and the almost endless flavour combinations on offer is a big draw too – Idon’t like to be predictable on a Friday night even though Negroni often features.

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To round things off, I’ve added a twist of lemon zest. It really does freshen things up, awakening the cardamom and pear notes beautifully with that cheekyshowerof citrus oil.

Garnished with a slinky slice of fresh pear and a spiral of lemon zest, this Cardamom Pear Martini look as special as it tastes.

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Fancy a different tipple? Try these:

  • Hot Cross Bun Martini
  • Royal Hawaiian co*cktail with Maraschino

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Cardamom Pear Martini – an infused vodka recipe

Jane Coupland

Aromatic cardamom and smooth, juicy pear blend brilliantly with vodka in this smart Cardamom Pear Martini that fits any season.

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Course: Alcoholic Drink, co*cktail

Cuisine: Worldwide

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 co*cktail


For the Cardamom Pear Martini (per co*cktail)

  • 45 ml/ 1 ½ fl oz Cardamom vodka
  • 45 ml/ 1 ½ fl oz Pear juice
  • 22 ½ ml/ ¾ fl oz/ 4 ½ teaspoon Poire William Liqueur
  • Strip lemon zest


  • 1 Thin slice fresh pear
  • 1 Spiral lemon zest


Make the Cardamom Infused Vodka

  • Bash each cardamom pod gently with the end of a rolling pin (or in a pestle and mortar) to split open

  • Tip into a wide necked, screwcap jar

  • Pour in the vodka and seal

  • Leave to infuse for 3-5 days then strain through a fine sieve to remove the cardamom

  • Store in a screwcap bottle for up to 6 months

Make the Cardamom Pear Martini

  • Put all liquid ingredients into a co*cktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes

  • Shake for 30 seconds then strain into a martini glass

  • Twist the strip of lemon zest over the glass between your fingers to release the lemon oil (don’t forego this step – it’s very important)

  • Garnish with the sliced pear and lemon spiral


Cardamom is one of those spices that some people like more than others. If you like just a tiny hint of cardamom, try starting off with 20 pods rather than 40. And don’t forget, once infused, if you find the spice level in the vodka too punchy for your tastes, you can always dilute the flavour by adding more vodka to your infused vodka. Play around and find your ideal spice level.

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  1. Healthy World Cuisine

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    Love cardamom and pears. Can’t wait to try this delicious martini. The other day we make a kaffir lime leaf infused vodka and that was quite nice.


    • Jane Saunders

      oooh, that does sound nice. Hope you enjoy this one too. I adore home infusions. Must come up with a new one now…


  2. Julie

    Now this is a martini I’d like to indulge in! I love pear and flavored with cardamom sounds amazing!

    • Jane Saunders

      Well I hope you get to try it out soon. Thanks Julie.


  3. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Such a beautiful co*cktail Jane. I typically go for pear based co*cktails. . .well that is if lychee is not available. I find it so refreshing in drinks. Also loving that cardamon infused co*cktail. I bet it gives a nice zip to co*cktails (ooooh! I bet it would taste nice with lychee).

    As for Easter!!! Nooooooo! It can’t be Easter already.

    P.S. I luvs your little vodka bottle.


    • Jane Saunders

      Pear juice is relatively new to the supermarket over here, but I hope it sticks around. I know a lovely lychee and passionfruit number but now I’m wondering if lychee and pear would work out well too – should we experiment? I’m not sure what the little bottle had in it to begin with, my Mum saved it for me after Christmas, but it’s perfect size for my little vodka infusions.


  4. Michelle - Giraffes Can Bake

    I sooooo love this idea – especially infusing vodka with cardamom , genius! Absolutely have to try this!

    I’ve been the opposite, Easter has snuck up on me this year and only managed to get one recipe done in time!


    • Jane Saunders

      I can’t believe how quickly the year is going. It’s been a hectic first few months, which is perhaps why I’m into these infusions at the moment, forcing time to take hold and slow me down. I hope you managed to get the infusion going in time to try it out over Easter.


  5. Julia @ HappyFoods Tube

    What a great co*cktail! Love the pear juice there – would have never thought of using it myself! 🙂


    • Jane Saunders

      Thanks Julia. Pear juice is just about available in main supermarkets now but it’s only recently it’s appeared – poor ‘ol pear.


  6. Revathi

    Cardamom is one of my favorite spices and love it in many dishes. A Cardamom vodka infused martini sounds fab 🙂


    • Jane Saunders

      I hope you get to try this out then. Thanks Revathi.


  7. Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry

    How delicious. I’m always on the look out for inspiring co*cktail recipes


    • Jane Saunders

      Thanks Bintu – I like to add to the collection 🙂


  8. Shashi at Savory Spin

    Oh my – I get confused about the dates too – I blame it on the fact that the year is going by at warp speed! BTW – That cardamom infused vodka on its own sounds marvelous – this drink as a whole is mmm mmm mmm good! Stunning pictures too.


    • Jane Saunders

      2017 has definitely been lightening quick so far. Thanks so much Shashi – and yes, I think I’ll be finding other uses for that vodka.


  9. Katrin

    This co*cktail is calling me! I absolutely adore cardamom. What a lovely combination – cardamom and pear.


    • Jane Saunders

      Thanks Katrin.


Cardamom Pear Martini - an infused vodka recipe (2024)


What is cardamom vodka? ›

Triple distilled vodka is gently infused with cardamom pods to capture the floral cardamom spice. Produced in small batches to give the very best vodka flavour - you can even drink it neat.

What goes good with Absolut pear vodka? ›

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add Absolut Pears and lime juice. Top up with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with mint leaf and pear.

How do you muddle pears? ›

Muddle pear: Dice up ½ of the pear and add to a co*cktail shaker. Muddle the pear together until it's released its juices and is mashed. Shake: Add in the pear vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add in 1 cup of ice and shake the drink for 20-30 seconds.

Why is cardamom so expensive? ›

Green cardamom seeds are the third most expensive spice in the world, after saffron and vanilla. The main reason is that it needs to be harvested by hand. It's a time-consuming procedure of handpicking and it is grown only in a few places throughout the world.

What is cardamom and why is it so expensive? ›

Fact: Green Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices by weight in the world. Only a few others, such as Saffron and Vanilla, are more expensive. The main reason this spice is so expensive is because it needs to be harvested by hand.

How much sugar is in Absolut pear vodka? ›

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What does pear vodka taste like? ›

One of the many flavoured variants from the iconic Swedish Vodka - Absolut Pear is a fruity, floral and compelling offering. Really fantastic when paired with a rhubarb soda. Absolut Pear has a perfumed, fresh and delicate pear nose. To taste the fruit is ripe, again with floral notes and a long fruity aftertaste.

What juice is best with Absolut Vodka? ›

Fill a Highball Glass with ice. Add Absolut Vodka and Cranberry Juice. Take a Lime wedge and give it a little squeeze over the top and drop in the glass. Enjoy!

What is vodka in coffee called? ›

Espresso Martini

Originating in the 1980s, this co*cktail with coffee beans soared to fame instantly. A blend of coffee and vodka, the simple espresso co*cktail offers a luscious mouthfeel. It's the ultimate party drink and a particular treat during winter.

What can you use instead of Kahlua in espresso martinis? ›

What's a non-alcoholic alternative to Kahlúa in an espresso martini? Kahlúa adds the sweetness and smooth texture, so we recommend substituting with one part chocolate or vanilla syrup.

Why is everyone drinking espresso martinis? ›

As avid coffee lovers, the local population embraced the concept of booze in their coffee…or coffee in their booze. Bartenders say it's because the beverage appeals to everyone and can fit in at any bar – a Boujie co*cktail spot or a gritty rave club.

What does pear juice do before alcohol? ›

However, according to professor Manny Noakes, lead scientist of the study, Korean pear juice contains enzymes that are necessary for speeding up alcohol metabolism and slightly inhibiting alcohol absorption.

Do you need to put lemon juice on pears? ›

How do you keep cut pears from turning brown? Dip the slices in a mixture of 50% water and 50% lemon juice. The acidity from the lemon juice stops the fruit from oxidising, leading to less browning over time. Plus, it will keep them tasty, too!

What is a pear liquor with a pear in it? ›

In liquor stores in the USA, you can buy pear brandy with a real ripe whole pear inside the bottle. The bottle is genuine and not cut in any way. How do they get the pear inside a bottle? The pear is grown inside the bottle.

What is the flavor of cardamom liquor? ›

Alushka is a type of liqueur that is flavoured with cardamom and citrus fruits and traditionally drunk neat as a digestif using a small liqueur glass.

What is cardamom and what does it taste like? ›

Cardamom has a unique and distinctive flavor. It's challenging to describe but has peppery, piney, eucalyptus, and menthol-like notes, but the taste of cardamom is also floral with hints of citrus. This blend of sweet, peppery, pungent, and aromatic flavors actually makes it an incredibly versatile spice.

What does cardamom flavor taste like? ›

As for the taste, that really depends on whether it's green or black cardamom. Green cardamom produces a zesty citrus flavor that can be somewhat sweet and spicy at the same time. Black cardamom, on the other hand, has an almost smoky, minty, menthol-like flavor that works especially well in savory dishes.


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