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Recipe: Berry Cordial

This is an easy way to make cordial and its good for gifts Other berries such as raspberries, strawberries or blueberries may be used in place of blackberries, and rum or brandy may be used in place of the vodka.

Berry Cordial Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 quart blackberries

  • 1 quart vodka

How to Make Berry Cordial

  1. Pour the sugar into a 1 quart jar. Fill the remaining space with berries, but do not pack down. Fill the jar with vodka so that the berries are completely covered. Seal the jar. Let the jar stand for 2 months, shaking the jar every week. The sugar should dissolve, and the vodka will become colored.

  2. Strain the liquid through a metal sieve, and then through a coffee filter to remove the fruit. Pour into pretty bottles. Drink as a cordial, or use it to flavor lemonade or iced tea.

Berry Cordial Nutritions

  • Calories: 99.7 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 8 g

  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

  • Fat: 0.1 g

  • Fiber: 0.9 g

  • Protein: 0.3 g

  • SaturatedFat: 0 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 0.5 mg

  • Sugar: 7.1 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Berry Cordial Reviews

  • Ive made this recipe with raspberries and its delicious However, instead of discarding the fruit it can be used as a topping to vanilla ice cream

  • My husband and I made blackberry and blueberry cordial for Christmas gifts last year with much success Part of the fun was going and shaking the jars for months which sounds strange, but it built up quite a bit of anticipation and also, it was nice that we could both be involved in a project... for some reason I cant get him excited about knitting or making candles, lol. The only problem we had was that once the cordials were bottled, no one believed that we had made them ourselves Because its been a poor berry season here, Im going to take the advice of one of the other reviewers and make this with plums this year. Thank you for sharing not only a great recipe, but a fun project

  • I made this last year using bing cherries. I pricked each cherry first to aid in releasing its flavors & since I wasnt making this to be drank as a cordial, I decreased the sugar some. I use the cherry vodka in cherry limeades to make them more fun. ;o)

  • This was wonderful with Rasberries I will make this over and over again. I will be trying other fruits.

  • Since sealing means different things to different people. Please explain the process. Is it a hot water bath seal? And for how long? I have imagined that 20 minutes at a rolling boil would cook the berries.

  • This was fabulous & will make an excellent Xmas gift. A few helpful notes:1. No need to sterilize or process jars due to high alcohol content- just use clean jars, pour boiling water over jars & lids to thoroughly clean before proceeding.2. Vodka is great & provides a cleaner berry taste. Rum is also great, but use a high quality rum for smoother taste.3. For a really clear end product, strain through 4 layers of cheesecloth then a new coffee filter for each 1/2 quart as filter will get clogged.4. Freeze the berries for ice cream topping etc - they are delicious

  • Turned out AMAZING Its great sipping over ice, or with a slash of sprite. Im not a vodka drinker, but this doesnt taste like vodka at all. Totally worth trying. Great recipe

  • I useda cheap vodka and didnt strain the berries back out. I still really liked it as did my family

  • Works well with plums too

  • Top rate recipe The 2 months were worth the wait and everyone loved it

  • This is an easy basis for a liqueur. Note that Cordial is just another name for "liqueur." I used a bit less vodka, because a quart doesnt necessarily fit in a quart jar when it is filled with berries and sugar. But I ended up making about 3 jars of the stuff. Two months was an excellent aging time. What a treat to have an explosion of blackberry flavor in october/november? Plus, the liqueur will last indefinitely at room temperature if properly corked or sealed.

  • The waiting was the hardest part. Also took a while to strain, I didnt do a great job of it, but Im sure it would produce a nicer end product taking the time and effort to do it. Great recipe

  • Good recipe. I used a combination of blueberies and plums. Very good thank you for sharing

  • I just made this, so Ill have to come back in two months to review the flavor. My 3 stars is based on how easy it was to make, but how the directions should really say "2 quart" jar. I needed to use two 1 quart Mason jars to make the full recipe.**2 months later**Upgrading to five stars, because this tastes AMAZING. Mixed half and half with lemonade over ice, it is dangerously good. Im going to start another batch again soon so I dont have to go too long without it in the summertime.

  • I added half a vanilla bean to this. I also used tequila and chocolate powder in place of the vodka and fruit. Ive also used a combination of blackberry and cherry with the vanilla bean. Wonderful recipe

  • We are enjoying an occasional sip of this. My frozen berries were very old, but the taste is still wonderful.

  • This is wonderful. I even fudged on the amounts of berries/vodka and it turned out great (we used blueberries and now were trying cherries) It is delicious and not too sweet.

  • Very easy and very versatile.

  • Very good

  • I made this with Saskatoon berries, and I let it sit for over year... it is a long story, but just recently I strained it and bottled it for gifts at Christmas. I think I would add another berry with the Saskatoon berry next time I make this, with just Saskatoon it tastes a bit too medicinal as an after taste. I will definitely be using this recipe again.

  • We have made this using a variety of fruit. Strawberries, Raspberries, Cranberries and pears. It is wonderful. The raspberry and strawberry mixed with lemonade on a hot summer day is very tasty. We now have a batch going with sour and sweet cherries and swapped out the vodka for Canadian Whiskey. Homemade cherry whiskey, cant wait.

  • I made this lots of times. This year I am using cranberries and bringing it to my familys house for Thanksgiving.

  • I have only tried blackberries with brandy so far. So delicious Our favorite way to use it is in eggnog at Christmas time.

  • Used Over Proofed Rum. I didnt wait 2 months. It turned out good.

  • No changes

  • I did this with blueberries, then blackberries, and another with strawberries cant get enough so good branching out with cherries (ill tell you about it in 2 months) considering experimenting with watermelon and peach.

  • We have made this for the last 5 years with both raspberries and blackberries from our garden and brandy. Depending on the supply of berries, we make a half or quarter batch at a time. My husband enjoys a little glass during the cold winter evenings. Mason jars work well since other jars tended to leak when they were upside down.

  • I have made this and it turns out great. I do have a question tho. I have an unopened pickle jar (the big one). It is full and is dark in cooler. It is from a friends parent and I have no idea how old it is. At least 5 years... Do I drink it?

  • I made it with Mulberries from my tree and Vodka - since brandy is already so sweet. I love it so much, Im making a Raspberry cordial next Thanks for the instructions

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