This recipe for Pear and Lemongrass Infused Vodka is made with slices of crisp, floral Anjou pear and bright, fragrant lemongrass. The inspiration behind this infusion? Body wash. Several weeks ago I purchased a variety of new body washes from The Body Shop including Lemon & Thyme, Watermelon & Eucalyptus, Apricot & Basil, and my favorite, Pear & Lemongrass. I remember standing in my shower, poof well-sudsed, thinking to myself, “Hmmm, this would make a darn good infusion!” Days later, I was happily sipping on this wonderfully aromatic alcoholic concoction. You just never know when inspiration will strike! I selected Anjou pears for this infusion because they have some light citrus notes that pair well with the lemongrass. Bosc pears would be delicious here as well. Have you ever had a surprise moment of inspiration? If so, please share below. Continue reading for the recipe.
Pear and Lemongrass Infused Vodka
- 2 ripe Anjou pears, cored and sliced
- 1 lemongrass stalk, sliced into coins
- 750 ml vodka
Place sliced pears and lemongrass in a large, airtight jar. Fill the jar with vodka, seal, and store in a cool, dark spot. Steep for 5 - 7 days. Shake the jar every so often and taste frequently.
Strain the vodka into a clean jar or bottle through a fine mesh basket strainer lined with a layer of cheesecloth.* Discard solids.
* You want to be certain that you strain out all of the solid materials from the vodka. Any leftover particles will breakdown over time and have an adverse affect on the taste. You should strain our the vodka with a fine-mesh basket strainer or a coffee filter (or both if you are worried!). Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 months.