I’ve been a little obsessed with pears lately. From adding them to my breakfast in the morning and finishing the day with a spiced pear daiquiri, they have made their way into my daily life. But can you blame me? They are delicious in the fall when berries, melons and stone fruits are out of season. Naturally, I wanted to use these little beauties in an infusion and that’s exactly what I did with this spiced pear vodka.
After making the homemade spiced rum, I had the idea to make this spiced pear vodka. The cabinet was already stocked with all of the spices and I had a bag of pears on the counter. The only thing I needed was a fresh bottle of vodka.
For this particular infusion, I decided to go with Pinnacle vodka. I’ve tried many of their infused vodkas but had never had their regular ol’ uninfused vodka. So I picked up a bottle and got to work.
For the spices, I ended up with a vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise. I knew that the star anise would be strong so I only did half of a pod and I checked the infusion after a few hours. I could really taste the star anise but not the other ingredients so I took that out and left everything else.
Every day I gave my spiced pear vodka a little shake and then a taste. After about 4 days it had the flavor I wanted. Yours could take longer depending on how you want it to taste. Once it’s there, strain out the infused vodka and remove the spices from the pears. For the pears, either blend them up and then strain again to get all of the booze out of them or put them over a bowl of vanilla ice cream and drizzle on some caramel sauce.
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How to make spiced pear vodka
- 2 pears
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1/2 star anise
- 5 cloves
- 750 ml vodka
- Quart size mason jar
- Wash pears, cut into slices and add to the mason jar.
- Add the spices and pour in the vodka. You might not be able to fit all of the vodka so pour slowly.
- Cover and let sit to start infusing. After a few hours, check the taste. If necessary, remove the star anise.
- Let the rest of the infusion continue to blend. Each day, give it a little shake and taste. Once the flavor is where you want it, strain the vodka and store in a glass mason jar or bottle. Mine took 4 days to infuse.
- Enjoy on the rocks or in fall inspired cocktails.
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