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Recipe for a Honey Whiskey Pear Drink

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My sister created this recipe for a honey whiskey pear drink during a mixology competition at my house. That’s one of my favorite parties to throw. You know why, right? Because I don’t have to do all the work. I only have to provide a space and my own little entries. Even the cleaning takes care of itself, since most guests will bring their own dishes or something disposable. It’s also a fun way to get rid of things you have too much of. For example, the whiskey my husband drinks kept trying to push honey whiskey on us by attaching mini-liquor bottles to what we wanted. We built up quite the collection. What we were going to do with that? Drink it? No. We were going to have a competition instead. So, drink up, and host your own competition!

Honey Whiskey Pear Drink


1 part pear liqueur
2 parts honey whiskey
2 parts Sprite or Club Soda

  1. Pour pear liqueur, honey whiskey, a sprig of thyme, and soda into shaker.
  2. Fill shaker with ice (3/4) of the way full, add top and strainer, shake.
  3. Pour drink through strainer to glass; add pepper to taste.
  4. Enjoy!

For Your own Competition:

Pick an Easy Theme

Don’t ask your guests to do anything too specific unless you know they have all the ingredients, or you’re going to purchase everything for them. If someone invites me to an eggroll cook-off, I might go, or I might just order Asian and watch TV on my couch. Of course, if you’re only going to invite professional chefs, go ahead and attempt an Iron Chef-like challenge. Who am I to stop you? I’ve held appetizer competitions, chili cook-offs, and martini and hors do’oerves pairings to name a few themes. Those are both pretty broad. Even your non-cooking friends can probably whip up a dip or something.

Keep the Guest List Manageable

I keep these really small. I don’t have a lot of time to make up fancy invitations, figure out which group of friends would be best for this, or figure out some miraculous time when none of my intended guests have anything planned. This way I can do it on the fly. Now, if you and your friends are childless, mostly childless, and/or all work Mon-Fri, 9-5, that’s a different situation. In that case, you could easily turn this into a big shindig. But what I really like about keeping it small is if I see an opening one weekend, I can easily dial up a friend or two and act like I’m having a fancy theme party, when what I’m really having is a potluck.

Have the Right Equipment for Cook-offs or Mixology Competitions

What theme did you go with? Was it anything to do with mixed drinks? If so, you need the right bar equipment. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect your guests to bring pre-made food, but should they really be mixing a drink before they get to your house? Probably not, unless you like all your drinks served warm and/or watered down. My husband picked up this set when he was in a mixologist phase, and it hasn’t steered us wrong. It’s got everything your basic drink needs, plus it doesn’t take up too much room.

This should probably go without saying, but folks, also make sure your microwave is working if you want people to bring over precooked food. If you’re okay with being a little environmentally unfriendly, I’d also go ahead and get some paper plates and cups. It’s going to make cleanup so much easier. Of course, I do try to be a green hostess when I can, and it is possible to get paper plates that won’t live in our dumps for eternity .

To Judge or Not to Judge?

I’m calling these cook-offs and mixology competitions, but I’ll be honest here – we don’t actually judge anything at my house. We say we’re going to, and we certainly all have our favorites, but no one is competitive enough to need to declare a winner. Scratch that. We’re all too competitive – it’s quite possible we’d battle to the death to win. This is all about fun! You know your guests better than I do. Designate a judge if you want, or just spend the day patting each other on the back for your creativity.

But Beth, you say. That recipe for the honey whiskey pear drink. Didn’t you say it was the winner of a competition? Well, yes, but we selected our “winner” long after the competition was actually over, just so I’d know which one to post. It’s based on this amazing appetizer recipe we like, so feel free to serve with bacon. Overall, this really is such an easy way to entertain! It’s almost like tricking people into believing you’re them a party, when really they’re doing just as much work as you are. I hope you give the honey whiskey pear drink a try, and feel free to share any amazing recipes you come up with at your own parties.

 A honey whiskey pear cocktail is a refreshing drink we created during a mixology competition you can try at home! #whiskey #cocktails #honeywhiskey #drinks #mixology

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  1. robin rue says:

    That sounds really tasty. I think my husband would really like one of these:)

  2. Kristy says:

    Spoil me! This sounds amazing! Perfect drink afte a long week.

  3. I love the idea of hosting a mixology competition party, that sounds like so much fun! And the cocktail you came up with sounds amazing too!

  4. I enjoy mixed drinks so I’d like to try this! I don’t think I could do a competition though, but I could be the taster ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Hahaha, that’s usually my job – my husband and sister are the ones who know the ingredients.

  5. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Now this is a drink I can get excited about! Saving it and can’t wait to try it.

  6. This sounds amazing! Next time I have a party I am going to make this. I love new drink ideas!

  7. Did she end up winning the mixology competition? I hope so because this looks amazing x

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      She did. Now we need her to think of more uses for pear liqueur!

  8. I love anything with Jim Beam in it, so I know this will be awesome! I want to serve this at my next gathering!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      I hope it turns out well for you!

  9. I used to bartend, so I can tell this recipe is gonna be bomb! Gona have to give this one a try!

    XOXO // Check out my latest post if you like ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Death matches at drinking parties… could be interesting. Lol. The drink does look amazing though. I would definitely love a taste.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      There’s my next blog post, great idea! Unless I lose the death match I guess… Then someone else will have to take over. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Rebecca Swenor says:

    It sounds like you all had an awesome time at your mixology competition .I don’t drink Jim Beam must but this honey whiskey pear drink I am going to have to try. Thanks for sharing the idea and the recipe.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      I don’t like any honey whiskey myself, but if you mix it with enough stuff it tastes okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Looks like something eventually I might try. Not much into drinks but I am willing to give it a try.

  13. Blair villanueva says:

    Seems your sister have a innate talented on mixing drinks. She can be a professional jetsetting bartender ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      She actually used to be a bartender at a casino, but she got sick of the hours. I guess she never considered the jetsetting part!

  14. This is such a great idea for a party. Sometimes adult parties get absolutely boring because they just hang out. But having some adult activities will definitely liven one up ๐Ÿ™‚ it will be great to have everyone’s competitive side out.

  15. I always wanted to get into mixology. It seems like it would be really fun. Our friend enjoys doing it and is always making us delicious drinks.

  16. I am not a big drinker, but this looks great!

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      If you don’t want to have a drink, you should try the appetizer she based it on (it’s linked up there somewhere). It’s basically pears with honey and prosciutto. Yum!

  17. Nay says:

    This sounds like a great drink and a great idea for a party although I think I’d have to be a taster.

  18. This sounds good but i’m not sure about the honey whiskey. I had the honey JD thinking it would be amazing but I didn’t like it. I guess it never hurts to try though ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      We don’t like it on its own either… That’s why we had the competition in the first place, to get rid of it all! But a good bartender can make anything taste good I think.

  19. Michelle Waller says:

    You had me at whiskey! I never thought about pairing it with pear, but that sure does sound delicious and refreshing.

  20. It sounds like a fun theme for a party especially if you enjoy exploring or experimenting with different recipes. I thinks it’s a great idea! I never hosted a party like this before.

  21. Elizabeth O. says:

    I would love to host a party like this, it sounds like a great way to gather friends and just have a fun time together. I really appreciate all of your tips for hosting.

  22. Tiara Wilson says:

    I’m not a big whiskey person, but the pear makes me think of a sweet kind of drink. I might have to try this at our next house party/BBQ! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Pear liqueur is super sweet, so if you really don’t like the whiskey taste, cut it in half. Hope you like it!

  23. Wow! I haven’t seen a mixology competition yet. This sounds like a really delicious drink!

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