Drunken Pears - A kicked up version of Spirited Pears

This is the first year that our dwarf pear trees have produced really well.  We had a beautiful harvest of pears that I happily preserved for eating later in the year when fruit is scarce on the homestead.

I already had about 40 pounds stored as simple syrup canned pears so I wanted something a little more exciting and maybe for a special treat in the winter.  Well I found it when I went flipping through my Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.  I found a recipe that was for Spirited Pears and as with everything with me I decided well if Spirited Pears are good then Drunken Pears must be even better.

Here is what you'll need -

Water bath canner and canning supplies

Large pot for warming pears

1/2 pint jars, lids and rings

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

8 1/2 cups quartered, peeled and cored pears

The next supplies are needed per jar -

1 tbsp rum, brandy, or red wine

1 1/2 tsp Kahlua, cognac or creme de menthe

Let's get canning -

1.  Peel, core and halve your pears

2.  Make sure you have about 8 1/2 cups after peeled and cored

3.  Mix the sugar and water in the pot and heat until sugar is melted

4.  Add a touch of alcohol of your choice (I added a little extra kahlua and crown royal at this time.

5.  Add the pears and heat just until heated through.

6.  Fill jars with pears - up to 1/2 inch from rim

7.  Add 1 tbsp rum, brandy or red wine

8.  Add 1 tsp Kahlua, cognac or creme de menthe

9.  Add drunken liquid to each jar up to 1/2 inch from rim and remove air bubbles and pockets.

10.  Wipe rims and add warmed lids. 

11.  Tighten rims a snug finger-tip tight.

12.  Place in your prepared water bath canner and be sure the jars are covered with at least 1 - 2 inches of water over the top of the jars.

13.  Process for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and wait 5 minutes before removing jars.

14.  Remove jars and let cool completely without moving again.

These pears are best enjoyed after they sit for a few weeks to let them nicely infuse the flavors of the syrup.