Pomegranate Pear Soda with Gin Cocktail Recipe
Photo by Susie and Becky Photography

The Dabney cocktails are classically inspired, but we riff on them with local and seasonal ingredients. Created in Pears pairs a pear pomegranate soda recipe with fennel and gin.

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1 cocktail

  • 1½ ounces Green Hat Gin
  • ½ ounce Don Ciccio & Figli Finocchietto*
  • Pear-Pomegranate Soda (recipe follows)
  • Fennel frond
  • Pear Pomegranate Soda
  • 6 ounces local pears, finely chopped, skin on
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 6 ounces fresh-pressed pomegranate juice
  • 12 ounces cane sugar
  • Soda water or soda siphon for carbonation
  • *Fennel cordial made by a third-generation amaro maker from Italy who now lives and produces in DC.

To Assemble

  1. In Collins glass, combine gin and finocchietto. Add ice.
  2. Top with pear-pomegranate soda and stir gently.
  3. Garnish with fennel sprig and serve with a straw.

Pear Pomegranate Soda

  1. Combine pears with lemon juice to keep pears from oxidizing and turning syrup brown. Add pomegranate juice and sugar and let macerate at room temperature overnight.
  2. Using fine sieve or tea strainer, separate fruit from syrup. Gently press fruit to remove excess liquid. In 1 liter soda siphon, add 8 ounces pear-pomegranate syrup to 24 ounces water. Charge with CO2 (in lieu of a soda siphon, you can also just use 1 ounce syrup to 3 ounces soda water per cocktail).
  • from Tyler Hudgens of The Dabney, Washington, DC

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