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Review: Grey Goose La Poire Vodka

Pears are a tricky beast. Who eats pears on their own? Or even in a recipe?

And yet here we have pear flavored vodka from the mammoth success that is Grey Goose. What exactly does one do with it?

I’ve been toying with Grey Goose La Poire for a few weeks now and I’m still trying to figure that one out.

First, on its own, Grey Goose La Poire isn’t something you’re likely to drink on its own. In fact, if you drink it blind, you’re likely to think you’re consuming a banana-flavored spirit, not pear. The pungent fruitiness of banana, chewing gum, and vanilla are heavy in the spirit, and backed by a relatively medicinal-tasting vodka. Standard Grey Goose is, in my opinion, considerably smoother and has a fuller body.

As a cocktail ingredient, La Poire tends to be overwhelming. I used it in the recipe below, and that banana character was heavy again, even with all the extras. Tread lightly with it.

80 proof.


Grey Goose Staycation
1 ½ parts Grey Goose La Poire
½ part Licor 43
1 part mango puree
1 part lime juice
½ part simple syrup
1 mango slice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass, garnish with mango slice and savor the view from your window.

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  1. Meredith April 9, 2010

    I like pear vodka mixed with ginger ale! I also have had a delicious sidecar made with pear brandy and have thought about exploring orange & lime flavors with it.

  2. SteveB April 9, 2010

    Absolut has a great recipe for their pear flavored vodka. Mix pear vodka with lemon/lime soda (Sprite) and add fresh lemon juice. Garnish with a pear. This is called a pear lemonade and is an incredibly excellent summer drink. Try it…trust me.

  3. LisaC December 17, 2010

    I mixed it with a little pineapple juice and a splash of soda, I liked it!

  4. Laura Kelley December 24, 2011

    I had a drink at a japanese restaurant/jazz club in San Francisco called a Saketini and it was made with Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, fresh lemon, simple sugar, sake (of course) and a touch of grapefruit. It was delicious! I’m going to try to make it at home.

  5. Kally December 2, 2015

    I love the sound of a banana flavoured vodka as it appeals to me more than pear. However it being described as less smooth makes me lean towards another bottle of original Grey Goose, as it’s the smoothest & purest vodka I’ve enjoyed.

    I assume, like with their Polish rivals, Grey Goose’s fruit vodkas have a charcoal filtration stage removed, although this is only conjecture.

    Excellent unbiased review, not just marketing speak like a review on another website!


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