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Two pear-sage gimlet cocktails on a marble board with fresh sage around it and pears in the background.

Pear-Sage Gimlet

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink


Let’s give this classic gimlet cocktail a fall twist! This pear-sage gimlet balances a trio of sweet, tart and savory notes to make one complex, flavorful cocktail. You’ll want to sip on this gin gimlet all throughout the fall.


For Pear-Sage Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 pears, cored and diced
3-4 fresh sage sprigs

For Pear-Sage Gimlet
2 ounces London dry gin
1 ounce pear-sage simple syrup
1/2 lime, juiced
Lime wheel, for garnish, optional


For Pear-Sage Simple Syrup

  1. Add water, sugar, pears and sage to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Turn off heat once it boils and the sugar dissolves.
  2. Allow to steep for at least 10 minutes and strain. Use the back of a spoon to push down on the pears while straining to extract as much flavor as possible. Chill and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for several weeks.

For Pear-Sage Gimlet

  1. Add gin, pear-sage simple syrup, lime juice and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Put on the top and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. 
  2. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wheel if desired. Enjoy!


  • To get the most juice out of the lime, I recommend firmly rolling the lime on the counter several times under the palm of your hand before cutting, and then use a handheld juicer to extract as much juice as possible.
  • For full tips, please see blog post.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 drink
  • Calories: 230
  • Sugar: 20
  • Sodium: 1
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 22
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: pear sage gimlet