The Autumn Smash

A truly smashing pear-and-brandy cocktail

By: Tasting Table for Crate and Barrel

Brandy and pears play together beautifully, as in this seasonal smash—so named because the citrus is “smashed” to release its fragrant juices. Select a good-quality Cognac or other brandy you’d enjoy sipping neat, because it will shine through in the finished cocktail.

Autumn Smash Cocktail Recipe

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen for Crate and Barrel
Recipe Yield: 1 cocktail
Total Time: 5 minutes

  • 3 lemon slices, each about ¼ inch thick
  • 2 ounces Cognac
  • 1 ounce pear liqueur
  • 1 ounce soda water
  • Slices of fresh pear and lemon, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon slices to release the juice. Add the brandy, pear liqueur and ice. Shake well, and strain into a rocks glass half-filled with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with alternating slices of fresh pear and lemon tucked between the ice and the glass.

Learn about the tools you need to make this smash.

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