How to make: Spiced Pear Vodka

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.

how to make 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.

spiced pear vodka tutorial

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.

spiced pear vodka

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How to make spiced pear vodka

Ingredients:

  • 2 pears
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • 750 ml vodka
  • Quart size mason jar

Directions:

  1. Wash pears, cut into slices and add to the mason jar.
  2. Add the spices and pour in the vodka. You might not be able to fit all of the vodka so pour slowly.
  3. Cover and let sit to start infusing. After a few hours, check the taste. If necessary, remove the star anise.
  4. 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.
  5. Enjoy on the rocks or in fall inspired cocktails.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.

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11 comments… add one
  • Debra Rector December 4, 2013, 3:26 am

    Quite often, especially during the holidays, there may not be enough spiced pear vodka already on hand for unexpected guests. I purchased St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram for another of your recipes. Could you provide an alternate recipe using pear purée (I keep a supply on hand in the freezer) and Allspice Dram?

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    • Jessica Torres December 4, 2013, 1:25 pm

      Hi Debra,

      Try adding 2 ounces vodka (gin, white rum or even silver tequila would work) and 2 ounces pear puree into a highball glass. Stir and fill the glass with ice. Top with ginger ale and add 1/4 ounce Allspice Dram to the top. Give the drink a stir and serve with a straw.

      Cheers!
      Jessica

      Reply
  • Andrea Campbell December 9, 2013, 8:22 am

    I love pears, so I’m excited about trying this! I put everything together early yesterday and removed the star anise before I went to bed. I’m going to Florida on Wednesday, and wondering whether I should take out the pears before I leave or if it would be okay if they stay in the jar until I return on Sunday — that would be a week. What do you recommend, Jessica?

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    • Jessica Torres December 9, 2013, 8:26 am

      I would probably take the pears out before you go. That would give the vodka three days to infuse and it should have good flavor by that time. Mine took four days so the difference isn’t much.

      Reply
  • Andrea Campbell December 9, 2013, 10:14 am

    Thanks, Jessica. I will do that, but forgot to mention the vanilla bean. Can that stay for the week?

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  • Gina December 21, 2013, 4:45 pm

    I made some as gifts and the pears are already starting to turn brown after just a few hours….not sure I would make this again unless I strained it before I gifted!! Does not look very attractive…

    Reply
    • Jessica Torres December 21, 2013, 7:41 pm

      Yes, I would definitely strain the vodka before gifting!

      Reply
  • Emma October 26, 2015, 3:49 pm

    How long will this keep once infused and finished?

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    • Jessica Torres October 26, 2015, 3:51 pm

      It should keep indefinitely, but I’d try and use it within a year.

      Reply
  • Naomi November 5, 2016, 10:39 pm

    The top 2 inches of the pairs in the vodka turned brown. Is it still safe to strain?

    Reply

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