Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in a Pear Tree

This poached pear-inspired whiskey sour cocktail is part of our 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails Series at the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery Cocktail Bar. Visit the Distillery Cocktail Bar Thursday-Sunday through December 23 to see which of the 12 special cocktails are available.


2 oz Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey
.75 oz pear nectar
.5 oz mulled wine syrup (recipe below)
.25 oz lemon juice
1 dash orange bitters


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Mulled Wine Syrup

3 cups red wine
2 cups granulated sugar
4 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 orange (sliced)
6 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
4 star anise
Pinch of black peppercorn

In a large saucepan, add red wine, spices and orange slices. Bring to a light boil and stir in sugar. Continue to boil until the mixture reduces by ¼ . When the sugar is dissolved and the syrup coats the back of a spoon, turn off the heat and stir in maple syrup and lemon juice. Fine strain and allow to cool before covering. Store in refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Creator: Kevin Dolson