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Let’s put on our DIY mixology hats. Toni creates a warming homemade infused vodka with seasonal pears, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Shake it over ice for a martini, top it with ginger beer for an autumnal Moscow Mule, or spike a hot toddy to warm you up. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef


Homemade Spiced Pear Vodka

Make your own spiced pear infused vodka

This is one of those recipes that requires a little time and patience but the results are well worth it… and most of the effort is in waiting! It’s no secret that instead of buying one of those fake flavored vodkas at the store, we’re so much more in favor of using fresh, seasonal ingredients to infuse your own vodka at home. In this guide, Toni takes the autumnal flavors of sweet pears along with cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to create her own infused Spiced Pear Vodka. Just put it all in a big mason jar according to her proportions, let it sit for at least 5 days, tasting along the way, then strain it into a clean jar for a flavored vodka that’ll take you right into Winter. As the mixture soaks, the colors of the cinnamon and the skins of the pear transfer into the vodka, creating an orange-hued liquor with no resemblance to its clear base. You can shake this up over ice with a squeeze of citrus for a simple, sippable martini or create a fall-inspired riff on a Moscow Mule with spiced pear vodka and ginger beer. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little warmer, spike a cup of hot tea for a Spiced Pear Hot Toddy. After one sip of this, you’ll never buy a flavored vodka again.


Toni Dash

Food/Drink Blogger & Photographer

Toni Dash from Boulder Locavore

I love exploring seasonal and regional food, at home and whenever I travel. I'm inspired by the seasons to bring the best of what is available into my kitchen to create approachable, flavorful, creative dishes that are also gluten-free!

Toni is the brains and heart behind Boulder Locavore, a blog she created in 2009 to document an experiment in eating locally. In limiting her protein and produce purchases to only those sourced within 100 miles of home, Toni discovered that shopping locally was not only very possible, but that it opened up a whole new world of resources and foodie finds that she gladly shares with her readers. In addition to eating locally, Toni keeps a gluten-free diet that further pushes her to explore new ingredients and concepts in the kitchen to create great food within the confines of her dietary restrictions. At Boulder Locavore, you’ll find no shortage of bold flavor or inspiring cuisine due to Toni’s very contagious adventurous spirit!

Head over to Boulder Locavore and say hello to Toni on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.


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