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Paul Zahn

Influencer, spirits reporter


I’ve teamed up with @pineau_academy to share two of my favorite fall cocktails.

First up, I crafted this delicious “Oh, Pear Cocktail” using Pineau de Charentes & cinnamon/pear infused cognac for the perfect autumn libation. I also used pear and ginger for tasty simple syrup!

The Oh, Pear

1 oz. Pineau des Charentes White
1 oz. Cinnamon Pear Infused Cognac
¾ oz. Pear Ginger Simple Syrup
½ oz. Lemon Juice
Mix all ingredients in an iced mixing tin and shake, strain into wine glass & top with soda. Garnish: Dehydrated lemon & cinnamon stick.

Or if you are in the mood for a spritz…here is The California Raz Spritz.

The California Raz Spritz

1 oz. Pineau des Charentes White
½ oz. Lemon Juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
5 Raspberries
Muddle berries with lemon juice & simple. Add ice & shake. Pour over fresh ice and top with sparkling wine

Why Pineau?

Pineau des Charentes White is the perfect addition to a wide variety of cocktails. The flavor profile lends itself to some of my favorite types of cocktails – low ABV spritzes! The cognac influences also makes Pineau great for autumn and winter libations – the brightness of it paired with my cinnamon pear infused cognac really makes for a delicious drink.

Paul Zahn is an Entertaining Expert, TV Host and Food and Beverage Writer. He has worked with everyone from Fergie and Pitbull to those zany Real Housewives creating events and cocktails. Paul has appeared on E! News, OK! TV and many regional television shows crafting cocktails and sharing his recipes for easy meals. He has presented at major spirits events like Bar Convent Berlin and Tales of the Cocktail.