Anywhoo, I was also inspired by the fact that it's the beginning of pear season and by these beautiful little Forelle pears I found at my produce market.
And it doesn't hurt either that I have an enormous rosemary plant in front of my house (it's one of the few things deer won't eat). Making this made my house smell really good.
You not only get this wonderful candied stalks (good for munching and then picking your teeth), but you also get rosemary syrup.
From Urban Girl's Almanac at www.urbanalmanac.blogspot.com
I had some Pear Absolut vodka left over and couldn't swallow the price of the pear brandy that most recipes I found called for. Here's what I did to make a batch for kicking off Sunday dinner with the MIL:
4 oz. pear vodka4 oz. regular vodkajuice of one Meyer lemona few tablespoons of rosemary syrup, to tastecandied rosemary for garnish
You know what to do: Shake on ice and pour. The MIL loved it and thought it gave her a good excuse for cheating at dominoes before dinner.