Infusing Vodka with the Flavor of Fall
Back in late August, I allowed as how there was a bumper crop of Sand Pears and listed a few things I had in mind to make with them. Time gets away from me, and though I made some tasty desserts with them, I didn’t get around to making the pear butter as I had intended. Next year, I hope. The hospitalization of a close family member put a crimp into any number of plans I had made during the summer and early fall.
At this stage of life, I should know better than to make plans. I don’t know about you, but in my case, plans are just something that makes Fate laugh at my expense. Better to just go with the flow. I did get around to making the Spiced Pear Vodka my sister requested, two batches actually, as it proved in great demand. I based my infusion on the version found on Boulder Locavore. I knew going in that mine would be a bit different. Our Sand Pears (Asian pear~ Pyrus pyrifolia) are extremely firm— okay, hard. If you wait till they soften up, you have waited too long and will probably find that the center has spoiled. They are not nearly as sweet as European pear cultivars, but they are quite flavorful.
I changed up the recipe only very slightly, reducing the number of cloves and adding a bit more ginger. I have since come across a version that includes half a vanilla bean, and I believe that I will try that next year.
- 2 to 3 Ripe Pears Cored and cubed
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 3 1/4 inch slices Ginger Root
- 5 Cloves Whole
- 2 1/2 cups Vodka
- 1 Quart Size Mason Jar
Add the cinnamon stick,ginger and cloves to the jar. Pack in the cubed pears and cover all with the vodka. Put on the lid and store it in a dark, cool location.
This infusion can age for anywhere from one to two weeks (I got busy and left the last batch for three weeks- still good.).
Check after the first week and decide if the flavor is desirable, or leave for another week or more to infuse the flavors.
When it is to your liking, strain the vodka into a clean bottle or jar and seal until ready to use
Hope you enjoy this simple recipe. Pretty bottles of Spiced Pear Vodka make great gifts.