Many years ago, while in France, I saw an orchard full of pear trees and racks of bottles. Of all things, the pears were growing INSIDE the bottle, not unlike a "ship in a bottle." They are so beautiful. This is the tradition of crafting "Poire William," a delightful pear brandy. We had beautiful pears this year, so I had to endeavor to make some of my own. Alas, the pears did not grow in the bottle, and mine were Anjou pears, so you can just call it a "faux de vie."
Anne's Anjou Liqueur
To a half-gallon Mason jar, add:
- 1 beautiful pear (uncut, unsliced)
- A few strips of dried orange peel (you can scorch it over fire for a burnt-orange essence)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 nutmeg nut, smashed into pieces (I use a skillet to do this)
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 4 whole cloves
- Vodka, to fill the jar
Screw the lid on your jar and let it sit in the cabinet for a few months. Sante!