I have this memory in my mind of the Christmas my grandma made berry cordial. I’ve always wanted to and decided to finally give it a try this year for the holidays. Fortunately I thought of it before December! You do need to start this well in advance of when you would like it…
But it is super easy and and is sweet and warms you all the way down. Perfect for cold winter evenings!
1 cup sugar
1 quart (4 cups) berries (blackberries, raspberries or strawberries or a combination)
1 quart of vodka or brandy
Pour sugar into a 1 quart canning jar. Fill the remaining space with berries, but do not pack down.
Pour vodka or brandy over berries so that they are completely covered.
Place lid on jar. Let jar stand in a cool, dark place for 2 months, shaking the jar every week. The sugar should dissolve and the vodka or brandy should become colored. If the sugar doesn’t dissolve when you shake it, open and give it a stir with a spoon.
Strain through a metal sieve and then through a coffee filter. Pour into a glass bottle and store in fridge.