Pear Jam Smash

by Megan on December 3, 2013

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Because sometimes you want to drink the season! You see, this drink is sweet with pear infused vodka and vanilla bean pear jam. It has a splash of ginger liquor for spice and a bit of soda for bubbliness. Top it with a sprig of rosemary and a sliver of pear to keep things festive. I’d say it’s the perfect drink for holiday living.

You see, using jam in leu of a simple syrup is just where it’s at. And Betty Crocker knows it. You see, jam cocktails are one of the 2013 Red Hot Holiday Trends! Check out this Cherry Jam-hatton for more reasons to pump up the jam.

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And another thing that’s fun about this idea is that you can totally gift the kit for folks to make this drink at home! Pour the vodka in a hip and cool bottle that you maybe saved from drinking blood orange soda on a picnic. Add in a jar of jam, and a few bottles of club soda. Go nuts and put it in a basket tied with rosemary or even with a couple rocks glasses. Maybe even pop some chalkboard labels on everything so people know what’s up. Maybe even write out the recipe for this drink! Now I think I know what I’m going to bring as a hostess gift this holiday season… Get in on it, guys! Sorry to be so bossy. I guess, I’m just feeling super good about boozy Christmas gifting.

Be sure to check out what the the full slideshow of recipes the Betty bloggers came up with while putting their spin on 2013′s Red Hot Holiday Trends!

P.S. To check out some of the other exciting stuff I’ve been doing over on BettyCrocker.com click HERE.

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Pear Jam Smash (makes 1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 spoonful pear vanilla bean jam (recipe below)
  • 2 oz. pear infused vodka
  • 1 oz. ginger liquor
  • splash of club soda
  • rosemary and pear slice for garnish
  • lemon wedge, optional

Directions:

  1. Place one spoonful of jam in a rocks glass, add vodka and stir until dissolved. Top with ginger liquor, and stir again. Add ice, a splash of soda and garnish with a thin pear slice and rosemary. Enjoy!

Pear Infused Vodka

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pears, peeled and cored and chopped
  • 750 ml vodka
  • 1 vanilla bean

Directions:

  1. Fill a couple large air-tight jars with chopped pears. Pour vodka over the pears until completely submerged. Cover tightly and place in a cool dark place for 2-3 days, shaking a few times a day. Strain and transfer to a bottle. Get pear jam smashed!

Small Batch Pear Vanilla Bean Jam (makes 4 small jars of jam)
Recipe adapted from Blue Chair Jam

Ingredients:

  • 32.5 oz. peeled and cored very ripe pears
  • 15.5 oz. white cane sugar
  • 3.5 oz strained freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean

Directions:

  1. Day 1, chop the pears into 1/4-1/2 pieces. Combine the pears, sugar, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl, stirring well to combine. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface, smoothing well to minimize air bubbles. Cover tightly and let macerate in the fridge overnight.
  2. Day 2. Place a saucer with 3 metal spoons in a flat place in your freezer for testing the jam later. Meanwhile place your jars/lids on a baking sheet in a 250F oven for 30 minutes. Turn off heat, but leave them to stay toasty in the oven.
  3. Remove pears from the fridge and transfer to a 4-quart pot, stirring well. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the mixture, pop the pod in also. Bring the pears to a boil over high heat, stirring every 2 minutes or so with a rubber spatula until the mixture begins to thicken and the pear pieces are semi-translucent, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a food mill and press the fruit through back into the pot. Scrape any solids that won’t go through back into the pot also. Alternately, press mixture through a fine mesh-strainer, returning pureed fruit to the pot. Place the jam over medium-high heat and continue to cook, stirring gently and constantly, until the jam has thickened and no longer seems watery, about 15 minutes more.
  4. When the jam seems ready, test it for doneness by removing one of your frozen spoons from the freezer, scoop up some jam and pop it back in the freezer for a few minutes. When the bottom of the spoon is  neither hot nor cold check if the jam will run off the spoon or if it’s a thickened perfect jam-my consistency. If it’s watery cook a little bit longer, if not, it’s done!
  5. Remove vanilla bean pod and discard. Transfer jam to the toasty jars in the oven. Using a clean rag wipe the top of the jars. Screw lids on and set aside at room temperature for 24 hours. Try not to jostle them or it could disrupt the jam. The lids will seal as they cool. Serve on toast, in drinks, and on pancakes!

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipes above.

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This drink makes me want to say, “Pump up the jam!”and “Get pear jam smashed!”. It makes me say, “Cheers!” Let’s toast to pear jam on toast while toasting with this drink, ok?

Full disclosure:
This post is brought to you in collaboration with my homegirl, Betty Crocker. I was compensated for posting my own spin on one of Betty’s Red Hot Holiday Trends. Thanks for supporting my sponsors that make this blog possible! And, yep all these opinions are my own! I truly love the hell out of this cocktail.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

heather December 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

Looks so delicious and festive! Love the touch of rosemary – mmmm…

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Thanks, Heather!

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Robyn December 3, 2013 at 11:38 am

I’m all in on all of these components…..first project for my two weeks off at the end of December!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I can’t wait to see all the stuff you make!

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Erika December 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

That Pear Vanilla Bean Jam is what’s up yo. and you know I love this drink.

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

It loves YOU!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Pump up that jam! I neeed to try this jam situation, stat! I’m thinking homemade jam and booze with a cocktail recipe for Christmas gifts? : )

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Oh yeah girl do it!

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Maria | Pink Patisserie December 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I love, LOVE! jam in cocktails! The easiest and most yummy way to make things amazing, fast. This is gor-gee-ous!!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Yeah! It’s a fun way to sweeten fo sho!

And thanks!

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Billy December 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

THAT SONG IS STUCK IN MAH HEAD NOW. This means that I have to drink this drink to make it go away, right?

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Probz like 5… sorry dude!

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cindy December 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm

girl, you know I LOVE this and wish I could have half a dozen! but, I’d settle for just a sip!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Way to practice restraint, girlfren!

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Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps December 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Whoa, jam in cocktails?? I like! I never ever would have thought about that – what an ingenious and easy way to add instant flavor!!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Thanks, Nicole! It’s totes a fun one!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Loving this drink. It’s perfect for the holidays!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Yeah! Totally spiced and Christmas-y!

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Corey @ Family Fresh Meals December 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I can’t wait to give this a try!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

I hope you do!

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Nik December 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm

MEGS! Cheers to this! CHEERS. TO. THIS.

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Cheers to YOU!

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Sarah December 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I can definitely get down to this jam. Also, I feel like there is a Space Jam joke here, but I don’t know what it is. Either way, I love this drink, and that pear jam recipe sounds FANTASTIC.

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

There has to be! Michael Jordan would probably love to drink this with a cartoon anybody, right?

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm

This cocktail! The jam! Love times infinity!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Thanks!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

Must make this jam. Gotta make the vodka. Followed by this cocktail. Oh yesssss. Love it!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Yeah, Laura! Do it up!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe December 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

I gotta get on this so that I can make this bevvy and smash it in my face! Love love love it all. And I’m craving toast with that jam!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Yes! It’s tasty and toasty!

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons December 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Ok, I keep reading this a PEARL Jam Smash, and thinking how outdated that would be. But seriously, lovely (and modern!) drink, and beautiful photos.

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Ha! It totally looks like that. Pearl Jam would drink this if they were feelin’ dainty, I bet.

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Sophie December 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Jam cocktails are quickly becoming my jam, too! I love your version here. And Betty Crocker? So legit. She only like taught me how to cook, her book from 1962 (I am not that old but that is the version my mother had when I was a kid). You are big time! I love it. This is a gorgeous, festive cocktail, well done!

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Megan December 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Thanks, Sophie! I feel that way too! My mom and Betty are totes BFF!

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