Makes a bottle of pear vodka, similar in principle to sloe gin.
400 gm granulated sugar
1 vanilla pod, split down the middle
1 litre vodka
Wash the pears and make at least four holes in each one
with a skewer.
Put the pears in a 2 litre preserving jar and add all the
Close the lid and shake the whole thing every few hours for
a day until the sugar is dissolved.
The pears will float and you don't want them above the
liquid as they will spoil, so find a small glass jar or some
such that just fits into the neck of the perserving jar and
shove it in there so that the pears remain submerged.
Leave for three months.
Strain the liquid into one or two bottles with air-tight
flip-tops and do something interesting with the alcoholic
As with the ginger rum, serve
over ice to allow the flavour of the pear to rise over the
strength of the vodka.