Autumn Spice Pear-Infused Vodka

pearsEarly in the autumn, when the pears get ripe, I start thinking about spices like cloves, ginger,  cinnamon, and nutmeg. And after making some spiced pear preserves, I just can’t help but wonder how I can turn this yumminess into a tasty boozy concoction. Enter this autumn spice pear-infused vodka recipe.

Bear in mind that my recipe is, once again, designed for gift-giving during the holidays. And while it was inspired by Boulder Locavore’s recipe, I’ve increased the size and adjusted the ingredients for my own taste buds. I encourage you to play around with proportions and flavors as much as you’d like.

pear vodkaWhat I learned in the making:

  • I like making this with pears that aren’t quite ripe.
  • Use good quality cinnamon and cloves. I bought mine at Penzey’s and they’re top-notch.
  • You need a nice, big jar for this. I bought my insanely giant jar at Container Store.
  • This recipe can infuse for a week, but if you leave it for a month, your infusion will be stronger.
  • You should always give your hooch to experts to try out! I gave mine to the guys at Great Fermentations to test and they loved this one!

Here’s how I made mine:

  • Slice the pears. If you’re in a real hurry, you could just cut the pears in half, but I think slicing them is probably better.
  • Slice your ginger in 1/4″ slices.
  • Throw everything into the jar and store it in your pantry during your infusion time.
  • No need to shake this one. It just…marinates.
  • At the end of your infusion time, it’ll look like this:

pear vodka

  • Strain the mixture into a bowl. It’ll look like this:

pear vodka

  • You can set the fruit aside to put over ice cream, but make sure to refrigerate it and don’t keep it very long. It’s pretty tasty.
  • Your vodka will look like this:

pear vodka

  • If you want to avoid any residue in your end product, strain it again through a jelly strainer, nut milk bag, or coffee filter.
  • Bottle it. Drink it.

Autumn Spice Pear-Infused Vodka

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: A lot of yummy, spicy, pear-infused vodka


  • Giant jar
  • 6 pears, cut into 1/4-1/2" slices.
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 slices ginger, 1/4" thick
  • 40 cloves, whole
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 7 cups vodka (the cheap stuff will do)


  1. Throw everything into your giant jar.
  2. Close the jar and swirl it gently to combine the ingredients.
  3. Put jar in the pantry for one week to a month.
  4. After the jar is done infusing, strain the liquid (optional: reserve fruit and serve over ice cream).
  5. Bottle.


Infusion time: 7-30 days.


Susan Baroncini-Moe

Susan Baroncini-Moe is a Guinness World Records® titleholder, author of Business In Blue Jeans: How To Have A Successful Business On Your Own Terms, In Your Own Style , and a business & marketing coach and consultant. When she's not counseling her clients on how to market their businesses, she's making jams, jellies, crafty things, and booze or hanging out with her husband and their delightfully wicked guinea pig, Ginger.

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