There is arguably no other time of year flaunting more distinct flavors than fall. Perhaps it is due to coming off of summer’s massive bounty, narrowing to a much more finely honed bevy of seasonal produce and the traditional consorting spices.
Though I love the ‘options’ summer’s fare has to offer, I’m distractible and am equally relieved when life becomes a bit more simple with fall’s offerings. One of my favorites is the arrival of pears. I love a pear. They are a self contained still life to me with such a pleasing shape, gorgeous mottled skin and divine flesh. Their Rubenesque appeal makes me think of…..well, booze. Not all the time but my first haul of the fall certainly did.
I’d begun fall baking and spontaneously was motivated to try an infusion with pears and fall spices. It’s a risk when all items fall on my countertop at the same time; they are likely to end up in a jar together, swimming in spirits with fingers crossed over the outcome. I love the result of this particular Mason jar mixology. Tell tale notes of cinnamon, ginger and clove intermingled with the delicate flavor of pear in a deep honey amber tone. The uses are endless in my book from a traditional vodka tonic to more exotic concoctions. This would make perfect gifts for the holidays and hostess gifts for parties as well.
I began tasting my infusion at around 5 days, loved the flavor but let it keep soaking. The flavor will deepen with time and I suggest tasting it periodically until the depth of flavor is to your liking. Batches can be made larger for a higher yield by maintaining the proportions in the recipe.
- 2 pears, ripe, firm, cored and sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 1/8th inch slices ginger
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 cups vodka
- Quart jar
- Add all ingredients to the jar, seal, store in a dark, cool location. Taste at 5 days. If flavor is desireable, strain vodka into a clean jar and seal until using.
- If deeper flavor is desired, continue to infuse until flavor is prefered then strain and seal in a clean jar.
Infusion duration: 5-14 days
Some cocktails to try: