This is one of those recipes that could just as easily fall under the "Love Potion's" category, but I think that it belongs here! It's called "bachelors fruit" , although I've never been sure why! Perhaps, on a chilly winters eve, it was enough company along with a good fire and a snoring dog! I love to make it for Christmas, as it's really very pretty! I usually start in the summer as the seasonal fruit is ripening and add layers as I go. By December it's jewel like and very potent!
Take a large glass jar (about 3 gallons!) and wash it well. Then you can begin to play with whatever fruit you find in season. Raspberries, Grapes, peaches, nectarines.....everything finds it's way into the jar! (except for melons which get a bit weird!) Cover each layer with really good vodka or brandy, whatever you like. Add some sugar to each layer as well! For fun I add some spice, and actually pre-packaged mulling spices work well for this purpose. Have fun and keep adding, and oh this works best if the peaches, pears and fruits with thick skins are peeled.
By Christmastime it's usually ready and you can strain it and use the alcohol for a fancy drink, or you can serve the delicious fruit as a compote with some amazing vanilla bean ice cream!
Oh and if you add cranberries, it will turn a beautiful shade of holiday red!