Les Fruits du Vieux Garçon

Old Bachelor’s Macerated Fruits


Preparation info

  • Makes

    2 quarts

    fruits in liqueur
    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Country Cooking of France

By Anne Willan

Published 2007

  • About

For the serious country cook, bachelor or not, these fruits macerated in alcohol are a summer-long project. First into the jar go cherries. Then, as the season advances, apricots, peaches, greengage or yellow Mirabelle plums, red plums, and finally plump green or purple figs follow. Each layer is sweetened with sugar and covered with white alcohol, which in the old days was locally distilled and could taste like rocket fuel. The spirit permeates the fruit and prevents it from fermenting, wh