Poire William is the name for eau de vie (translation: water of life) made from the Williams pear (known as the Bartlett pear in the United States). It is generally served chilled as an after-dinner drink. Some producers of Poire William include an entire pear inside each bottle. This is achieved by attaching the bottle to a budding pear tree so that the pear will grow inside it.
- Herbst, Sharon Taylor and Ron Herbst. The Ultimate A-To-Z Bar Guide. New York: Broadway Books, 1998. (p 276)
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