Pears Hélène Martini

March 15, 2013

in Beverages,Cocktails,French,Recipes

Pear Hélène Martini

Happy National Pears Hélène Day! I have to be honest with you, I personally hadn’t heard about this desert until just recently when doing research for the blog.

Pears Hélène is a dessert created way back in 1864 by Auguste Escoffier, He named it after the opera La belle Helene. It consists of pears that are poached in a vanilla sugar syrup and served warm with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, a few slivered almonds and crystalized violets.

Doesn’t that sound like an excellent candidate for a dessert cocktail transformation?

I used pear nectar, vanilla vodka and chocolate syrup drizzled in the martini glass. Not only is this a beautiful looking cocktail—in the words of Lucy, “and it’s so tasty too!”.

Pear Hélène Martini
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Total time
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 2½ ounces pear nectar
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce coffee liqueur
  • ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • chocolate syrup, garnish
  • sliced almonds, garnish
  • pear slices, garnish
  1. Swirl martini glass with chocolate syrup, dip in sliced almonds and freeze for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, strain and pour into chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a pear slice and sprinkle a few sliced almonds on top.
* I used Kerns pear nectar


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