by Valerie Ashe photo by Stephanie Cameron

Poire William is an eau de vie (water of life), or double-distilled fruit brandy, made from the Williams pear, known as the Bartlett pear in the United States. It is generally served chilled as an after-dinner drink. Some producers of Poire William include an entire pear inside each bottle by attaching the bottle to a budding pear tree so the pear will grow inside. If Poire William is unavailable, try any pear or fruit brandy for this recipe.

Poire William Champagne Cocktail


  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Simple Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Poire William (French pear brandy)
  • Gruet Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 slice pear (for garnish)

Add simple syrup and Poire William to a champagne flute and stir gently. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with pear slice.

Simple Syrup

  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Water

Add ingredients to a saucepan and let simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool before serving.

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