Pear Cider

LAST UPDATED: Sep 30, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 25, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

Pear cider is the fragrant, sweet fall companion to the ever-classic apple cider. This (non-alcoholic) homemade pear cider recipe is aromatic, cozy and brimming with delicious fall flavor!

When it comes to nature’s best autumn offerings, apples and pears might be neck and neck for the finish. We shouldn’t have to choose. Instead, let’s celebrate all the delicious flavor they both offer!

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My Homemade Apple Cider is a classic family recipe and I love hearing from those of you who have already tried it! I wanted to do a little taste-testing and see if a pear cider was equally delicious… or perhaps even more so!

I love the flavor of fresh pears. Honestly? I think they’re such an underrated fruit.

They’re subtle, yet sweet, and add amazing flavor and texture to so many fall recipes. I love to use this unexpected fruit all year long- they’re included in Homemade Ravioli with Pear and Pecorino, Pear Salad Recipe with Walnuts, Baked Cheese Pear and Prosciutto Crescent Rolls, Blue Cheese, Walnut and Pear Bites and of course, cocktails like this amazing Apple Pear Christmas Cocktail!

A single glass mug full of homemade pear cider, cinnamon stick for garnish.

This Pear Cider recipe is so easy to make. In fact, it’s made almost exactly like stovetop potpourri! You just combine water, pears, oranges and mulling spices and allow it to simmer for hours, filling your home with an amazing aroma in the meantime!

Pear Cider can be enjoyed warm to sip on a chilly night or served chilled on a warmer fall day. You can even enjoy it as a slushy! It can also be enjoyed with or without alcohol. The options are endless. Learn how to make pear cider so you can create the best warm and cozy family memories!

A pair of glass mugs full of pear cider, cinnamon sticks for garnish.

What is Pear Cider?

This non-alcoholic Pear Cider is an unfiltered drink made from pears, mulled with spices and mashed to release the flavors. It is served warm or cold.

A little hint of citrus essence adds another layer of bright flavor and takes this cider over the top!

A single glass mug full of homemade pear cider, cinnamon stick for garnish.

Why You’ll Love Pear Cider

  • Customizable – You can adjust the flavors and spices to your preference.
  • Simple – Combine, simmer and sieve.
  • Smells Like Potpourri – Your home will smell amazing for days!
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Pear Cider Recipe Ingredients

  • Pears – any kind of pears will do! This isn’t a beauty contest, so it can be the perfect place to use your bruised, less-than-desirable pears from backyard trees, etc. if you’d like. Or simply choose your favorite flavor- our favorite is the Barlett Pear because it’s the sweetest!
  • Oranges – Peeled and wedged. You can leave the peels on but this can add a touch more sour flavor to your cider.
  • Brown Sugar – I love the rich flavor brown sugar adds to cider. You can use white granulated sugar, honey or agave if you prefer.
  • Cinnamon – Ground or cinnamon sticks.
  • Whole Cloves – For a note of spicy, warm fall and winter flavor.
  • Allspice – So easy to make your own!
  • Vanilla Bean Pod – Vanilla notes add another level of flavor in cider.
  • Water
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Variations

  • Caramel Pear Cider – Add Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce for a fun fall twist.
  • Spiked Pear Cider with Bourbon – Simply add a shot of bourbon for a cozy cocktail!
  • Pear Cider Bourbon Slush – Freeze with bourbon for a memorable slushee.
  • Hot Buttered Pear Cider – Add butter and rum for a delicious, creamy cocktail!
  • Rum Punch – Add 2 cups dark rum and sliced ginger.
  • Pear Cider Sangria – Add white wine or sparkling wine to make a fall infused sangria!
  • Apple Cider – Replace pears with apples.
  • Substitute Mulling Spices – Replace oranges and spices with mulling spices.
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How to Make Pear Cider

On the Stovetop

  1. Place pear halves and orange slices in large stockpot and add water over medium high heat. Add sugar and spices.
  2. Bring to a boil uncovered for 1 hour.
  3. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 2 hours. Two cast iron pots on a stove top filled with homemade pear cider.
  4. Mash using a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon to release the juices and flavors. A pot full of a pear cider recipe, potato masher coming in the side.
  5. Strain mixture using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth discarding any solids. Learning how to make pear cider by straining the cider through a sieve.

In a Slow Cooker

  1. Place pear halves and orange slices in crockpot and add water. Add sugar and spices.
  2. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 6-7 hours or high for 3 hours.
  3. Mash using a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon to release the juices and flavors.
  4. Strain mixture using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth discarding any solids.

Serving Suggestions

  • Warm – Homemade Pear Cider can be served traditionally, warming everyone through and through on chilly fall days.
  • Chilled – It can also be served chilled or over ice. In areas where fall weather can also be quite warm, this is incredibly refreshing!
  • Frozen – Freezing your pear cider results in the perfect cider slush.

QUICK TIP: Use this delicious pear cider in place of apple cider in this delicious Pork Medallions with Apple Cider Glaze recipe!

A single glass mug full of homemade pear cider, cinnamon stick for garnish.

Tips

  • Leave orange peels on for more of a tart flavor to your pear cider.
  • Because many commercially available pears are already quite sweet, you can easily use less sugar in this recipe.
  • Press the ingredients against your sieve or strainer to release all the extra juices.

How to Sieve Pear Cider

  1. Line your sieve or colander with several layers of cheesecloth and let the juice drip through on its own. This method is slower but very effective.
  2. Or, simply press the ingredients with the back of a wooden spoon against the sieve. This pushes the juices back into your pot – faster results!
Two cast iron pots on a stove top filled with homemade pear cider.

Recipe Shortcuts

  • Make in a Crockpot – Leaving home? It’s just as easy to make in a crockpot.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – It’s best served the day that you make it fresh, and then refrigerated any remaining cider.
  • Refrigerate – Homemade pear cider will stay fresh for about 7-10 days if it’s refrigerated.
  • Freeze – Store your pear cider in an airtight container, leaving at least 1/2 inch of space at the top, as fresh apple cider will expand as it freezes. Best used within 6 months.

How to Reheat

  • In a slow cooker or sauce pan – Warm on low and bring to a simmer.
  • In a microwave – in 60 second increments, stir cider at each pause to ensure it’s warmed through.
A pair of glass mugs full of pear cider, cinnamon sticks for garnish.

How to Use this Pear Cider Recipe

  • In Cocktails – Make a Cinnamon Toast cocktail by adding Cinnamon Schnapps. You can also make Hot Buttered Cider with Rum and a half cup of butter!
  • In Glaze – Pear Glaze is a delicious way to top all of your fall treats including cookies, pound cakes and more! Just add a couple tablespoons to this Easy Glaze Recipe!

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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Pear Cider

Julie Blanner
Pear cider is the fragrant, sweet fall companion to the ever-classic apple cider. This (non-alcoholic) homemade pear cider recipe is aromatic, cozy and brimming with delicious fall flavor!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 94 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 pears halved
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks or 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean pod split
  • 10 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Place pear halves and orange slices in large stockpot and add water over medium high heat. Add sugar and spices.
  • Bring to a boil uncovered for 1 hour.
  • Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 2 hours.
  • Mash using a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon to release the juices and flavors.
  • Strain mixture using a fine mesh sieve or cheescloth discarding any solids.

Notes

To Make In a Slow Cooker

  1. Place pear halves and orange slices in crockpot and add water. Add sugar and spices.
  2. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 6-7 hours or high for 3 hours.
  3. Mash using a potato masher or back of a wooden spoon to release the juices and flavors.
  4. Strain mixture using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth discarding any solids.

Variations

  • Caramel Pear Cider – Add Fleur De Sel Caramel Sauce for a fun fall twist.
  • Spiked Pear Cider with Bourbon – Simply add a shot of bourbon for a cozy cocktail!
  • Pear Cider Bourbon Slush – Freeze with bourbon for a memorable slushee.
  • Hot Buttered Pear Cider – Add butter and rum for a delicious, creamy cocktail!
  • Rum Punch – Add 2 cups dark rum and sliced ginger.
  • Pear Cider Sangria – Add white wine or sparkling wine to make a fall infused sangria!
  • Apple Cider – Replace pears with apples.
  • Substitute Mulling Spices – Replace oranges and spices with mulling spices.

How to store

  • At Room Temperature – It’s best served the day that you make it fresh, and then refrigerated any remaining cider.
  • Refrigerate – Homemade pear cider will stay fresh for about 7-10 days if it’s refrigerated.
  • Freeze – Store your pear cider in an airtight container, leaving at least 1/2 inch of space at the top, as fresh apple cider will expand as it freezes. Best used within 6 months.

Nutrition

Calories:94kcalCarbohydrates:25gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:12mgPotassium:200mgFiber:6gSugar:16gVitamin A:62IUVitamin C:12mgCalcium:39mgIron:1mg
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