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Cardamom Pear Martini
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Cardamom Pear Martini – an infused vodka recipe

Aromatic cardamom and smooth, juicy pear blend brilliantly with vodka in this smart Cardamom Pear Martini that fits any season.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Alcoholic Drink, Cocktail
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: cardamom cocktail, cardamom martini, cardamom vodka, infused vodka, pear cardamom, pear cocktail, pear martini
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Jane Saunders


For the Cardamom Infused Vodka

  • 240 ml/ 1 cup Vodka
  • 40 Green cardamom pods (see notes)

For the Cardamom Pear Martini (per cocktail)

  • 45 ml/ 1 1/2 fl oz Cardamom vodka
  • 45 ml/ 1 1/2 fl oz Pear juice
  • 22 1/2 ml/ 3/4 fl oz/ 4 1/2 tsp Poire William Liqueur
  • Strip lemon zest


  • 1 Thin slice fresh pear
  • 1 Spiral lemon zest


Make the Cardamom Infused Vodka

  • Bash each cardamom pod gently with the end of a rolling pin (or in a pestle and mortar) to split open
  • Tip into a wide necked, screwcap jar
  • Pour in the vodka and seal
  • Leave to infuse for 3-5 days then strain through a fine sieve to remove the cardamom
  • Store in a screwcap bottle for up to 6 months

Make the Cardamom Pear Martini

  • Put all liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes
  • Shake for 30 seconds then strain into a martini glass
  • Twist the strip of lemon zest over the glass between your fingers to release the lemon oil (don't forego this step - it's very important)
  • Garnish with the sliced pear and lemon spiral


Cardamom is one of those spices that some people like more than others. If you like just a tiny hint of cardamom, try starting off with 20 pods rather than 40. And don't forget, once infused, if you find the spice level in the vodka too punchy for your tastes, you can always dilute the flavour by adding more vodka to your infused vodka. Play around and find your ideal spice level.