A variety of things can be done to improve the presentation of a formal dinner (or even a casual gathering with friends.) You can have embroidered napkins, expensive table covers, and the finest foods… some of which might catch your guests’ attention, but then again might not.
Another option that’s almost guaranteed to impress, though, is to offer up a simple pear wine or brandy… with a whole pear inside the bottle.
This may sound impossible… after all, how can you get an entire pear inside a wine bottle? The size of the bottle’s neck would all but prevent you from getting even a few slices of pear inside, much less the entire thing. It can be done, though, and quite easily as well… all that it takes is a pear tree, some time, and a little bit of luck.
The first thing that you need to do is wait until your pear tree is in bloom. After it starts to bloom, you’ll need to put your bottle on the branch so that the bloom is inside the bottle… taking care not to damage the bloom in the process.
You also need to make sure that the branch that the bloom is on will fit nicely inside the bottle so that the bloom is at least past the neck; if the bloom develops into a pear, you want the pear to grow inside the main part of the bottle, not inside the neck.
Once you’ve got your bottle positioned, use a bit of string to tie it into place. Depending on the layout of the branch, you might have to get a little creative with this… as long as the end result is that the bottle won’t fall off of the branch and some air can still get inside, it doesn’t really matter how you do it.
You may want to consider doing at least two or three bottles at the same time, to increase your chances of getting a bloom that fruits; should more than one of them come to fruition, though, you won’t have any way of getting the pear out, so you’ll either need to make multiple bottles of wine or brandy or throw out the other bottles.
After attaching the bottle or bottles, all that you can do is wait. Hopefully, one or more of the blossoms that you chose will begin to develop into pears, and you’ll soon have at least one pear in a bottle. “Harvest” your pear before it’s completely ripe, pulling the bottle free and plucking the pear from the tree in the process. (If the pear is allowed to over-ripen, the bottle might damage the top of the pear as you pull it free, and it won’t look nearly as good in the finished product.)
Now that you have one or more bottles with pears in them, it’s time to finish the bottling process. Select a nice pear-flavored brandy or a pear wine (or make your own beforehand if you’re so inclined, just be sure to have it ready for bottling once the pears begin to ripen.)
Fill the bottle until it’s full halfway up the neck (perhaps a little lower, but with at least a little bit of liquid in the neck of the bottle.) Cork the bottle, and place it in a wine rack so that you can shock and amaze your guests at a later date.Fill the bottle