The whole Holiday “thing” this year is a mind bender for sure. No large gatherings, nor small for that matter. None of the Christmas Eve dinner parties…nada! This is not to say that the joy of making and gifting has to be put on hold. We just have to be a bit more creative and in doing so perhaps new traditions will be born.
It is pretty redundant to say that Tennessee has some great whiskey producers. Through my friend Nancy, I discovered one that is deliciously perfect for my Holiday homemade gift this year. Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Hand Made Sour Mash Whiskey infused with some of the best pears I have ever eaten from The Fruit Company in Hood River, Oregon sent to me by USA Pears, and 24 to 36 hours of time is all it takes and this already great sipping whiskey is even better.
I made a pear galette with some of the pears (that post will be soon) and added the cores and a few leftover pieces of the pears along with citrus peel to the whiskey in a glass jar.
24 hours later ready to be strained and decanted and sipped and gifted.
A splash of simple syrup topped with a bit of pear whiskey over ice and garnished with a thin pear slice….or just a wee glass while waiting for Santa for some new and soothing Holiday traditions.
Pear Infused Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey
- Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Hand Made Sour Mash Whiskey (or other favorite) 750ml
- 2 Chopped up fresh pears, including peel and cores
- peel of one orange
- peel of one lemon
- Pour whiskey into a large glass jar.
- Add all fruit/citrus. Cover jar.
- Leave sitting for 24 to 36 hours for infusing.
- Strain through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth into a pitcher. Decant into smaller individual bottles with a tight-fitting lid for gifting.
For a quick cocktail: Over ice in a glass pour a splash of simple syrup and pear infused whiskey, garnish with a thin slice of ripe pear and enjoy.