Homemade Pear Brandy

Recipe via Serious Eats


  • 8 fluid ounces brandy
  • 2 ripe pears, any variety, divided (preferably organic)
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. Slice and core one pear.
  2. In a large jar, combine the brandy, one pear and vanilla bean. Let sit for three days.
  3. Remove vanilla bean and let sit for an additional two days.
  4. Core and chop remaining pear. Combine the granulated sugar, water and pear in a medium saucepan. Heat until boiling and let boil for 7 minutes. Reduce to a simmer and let simmer an additional 7 minutes. Add liquid to brandy jar. Let sit for an additional 2 days.
  5. Strain liquid through fine mesh strainer and then again through a coffee filter or cheesecloth.


Does not need to be refrigerated. Keeps about 2 months. Even if it may not seem like it needs it, straining it through a coffee filter will remove small debris and prolong shelf life. The boozy pears that remain after straining are great on ice cream.