The French produce Poire Williams, which is essentially this liqueur in a bottle that contains a real pear. They do this by inserting the branch of a pear tree into a bottle and allowing the pear to grow inside the bottle. As a result, a walk through French pear tree groves yields many a view of glass bottles growing on trees.
Americans are beginning to produce our own homespun editions of Poire Williams, following in the European tradition. This liqueur, made separately, is decanted into the specialized bottle. If using the pear in the bottle method, one uses brandy as the base, rather than vodka or rum.
Even without the specialized bottling, this liquid is completely special and pairs well with other fruit, spices or nuts to make wonderful flavor combinations.
- 1 pound pears
- 3 Cups vodka, rum, or brandy
- 1 Cup sugar syrup (see recipe)
- 2 pinches cinnamon, nutmeg
- 2 cloves
- 2 coriander seeds
- 2 apples (optional)
- Slice pears (and apple if desired) and add to other ingredients., adding sugar syrup last. Stir gently and steep 3 weeks. Strain and filter. Taste and adjust flavor by adding more fruit or sugar syrup if needed.
- Steep 3-4 weeks, then strain. It is then ready for use.