That’s the Spirit – Pears in Kahlua Syrup

1 cup of sugar, 2 cups of water and 8.5 cups of pears which are quartered, peeled and treated for browning (we use lemon juice).

The recipe was easy.  Bring everything but the pears to a boil over medium-high heat and add the pears after everything is disolved.  leave the pears at a gentle boil for 5 minutes before loading into heated 8-ounce (1 cup) jars.  It all made sense.  Boil in a hot water bath for 20 minutes.

Thats the Spirit   Pears in Kahlua Syrup Preserving Recipes Pear Kahlua

It was the fine print that spun my head – add 1.5 teaspoons a Kahlua into the bottle before sealing.

Kahlua and pears?  This was news to me and something that sounded less than ideal to me.

As soon as the alcohol hit the hot liquid, it all made sense.  This is simply the best smelling preserve I’ve ever made.  We haven’t broken in to them yet – a few months down the road we’ll give them a try.  I expect them to be phenomenal!


  1. It will be interesting to hear what the texture of the preserved pears will be like. I tend to prefer the firm Bosc pears, and have found the recent autumn pears we bought were too soft textured and prone to going mushy very quickly, even if not quite ripe. What kind of pears do you use?

  2. Going to try this later this week (basket-o-pears waiting). Did Ontario plums in a sugar and port syrup on the weekend (and some roasted red peppers) – can’t wait to crack them open!

    Thanks for the inspiration…

  3. Pryor Jones says:

    What a fabulous idea adding Kahlua to the pears! You described in your text your consciousness being raised to greater understanding when the alcohol joined your canned brew? Could you elaborate more about that?

    The first thing that came to my mind was to serve the infused pears with raspberries.

    As a final note, I have been noticing that you display your photographs of canned products using the one piece lid. Here in the States we have been taught, and use the two piece lids for safe sealing. I recollect your Canadian Status, and as I have reached out always for more information, I have noticed the Italians (Quattro Stagioni Brand Jars) and the Germans ( Leifheit Brand Jars) also use the one piece lid method. How has that been working for you?

    Thanks for all you do. I continually gain so much from your posts!

  4. These are AWESOME and every person who tasted these drank every last drop of syrup with them. I’ve already got a slew of requests for this for this year.


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