Last year, I made some small batches of Cherry Cordial, followed by Blueberry Cordial, then Limoncillo, a tiny bottle of Black and Blueberry Cordial, and in the fall leftover Cranberries, yes got popped in a bottle too.
There’s the Cherry.
The Blueberry was amazing!
But the Blackberry and Blueberry combination with a vanilla bean was by far the best! That one little bottle was all I made.
Christmas came and I hoped my gifts wouldn’t be a flop.
To my surprise, and joy they were a hit. I am continually asked if I might have a little more hiding someplace. Thankfully, yes. But I am running low.
Until today, Blackberries and Blueberries are turning up in my stores. My husband gets his wish, a batch of Blackberry, Blueberry, and Vanilla Bean Cordial is resting in the cupboard infusing all of its goodies into some Everclear.
Yes, that’s strong stuff. Illegal in some states, including mine. An excuse for a vacation to a nearby legal state. Wink.
My husband prefers the, effervescence that Everclear adds to the liquor. Vodka doesn’t give off a tingly sensation.
So there they are, in an empty vodka bottle, steeping in Everclear.
If you are interested in other flavors of cordials, homemade vanilla, or limoncello check out these other posts.
Blackberry, Blueberry, and Vanilla Bean Cordial
1 pint Blackberrries, washed
1 pint Blueberries, washed
350 ml Everclear
1 cup sugar or to your taste (more or less) * added at day 30
1 cup water * added at day 30
You will also need:
- a sterilized jar or bottle to steep the fruit or alcohol
- small sterilized bottles to store cordial as gifts for yourself or others
I have leftover Vodka bottles from last years cordial making so that is what I use. As long as the fruit can fit into the bottle or use mason jars with lids.
I like to prick my berries before plopping them in the bottles. Blackberries I tend to cut in half. This exposes them to the effect of the alcohol drawing their colors, flavor, and antioxidants out of the fruit and into the liquor.
Then I pour the alcohol over the berries and seal the bottle.
Shake the bottle/bottles every few days to encourage new surface areas into contact with the alcohol.
After about 30 days I don’t find any added change. At 14 days, much of the color is removed from the fruit, but the flavor continues to enhance until day 30. After that the fruit is pretty grey and flavorless.
Now you are ready to add your sugar and water. Then give it all a good shaking until the sugar dissolves. Taste it and decide if it needs a little more sugar or water.
Store in a cool dark place, unless its for you. Then the freezer is a great place; slushy berry cordial.