Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cranberry Cordial

I remembered this recipe from last Christmas season on a friend's Facebook page. I never got around to it that winter, but I asked her to post again and I've got a batch brewing as we speak.

Cranberry Cordial
2 lbs. (8 cups) fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
6 c. sugar
1 liter light rum

In a gallon jar, combine berries, sugar and rum and gently stir or shake to combine.

Store in a cool, dark place for 3-6 weeks, gently shaking every day. (I found it took several shakings to completely dissolve the sugar.)

Strain the berries. Don't throw them away! Serve them over ice cream or use them in other recipes.

Strain again through cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove all the seeds.

Serve. Or pour into decorative corked bottles to give as gifts.

I'm interested to see how this turns out, as I've never made it before. I didn't get it started in time to serve at any Christmas soiree, but I always entertain at New Years, so that's the plan.

I've also been mulling over starting a batch of Kombucha. Have you ever made it? Maybe I'll start it soon, so that I'll have one jug of 'booch and one of hooch!



  1. I've made both these things! We made cordial by almost the same method, but allowed it to sit for a year with no shaking :)

    Here's my link for kombucha

    I wish you were closer - I would give you a layer of my mushroom to get you going!

  2. Yes to the 'buch, no to the hooch. Once you get started, if you find yourself not making it as often as you planned, you can always freeze the "mushroom". Mine's in the freezer as we speak, waiting for warm weather.

  3. @Margo - I wish we lived closer, too. Mushroom sharing would be one nice benefit.

    @Reb - Can you believe the people at the co-op were completely clueless about making kombucha, and where one might get a starter. One woman was like, "So you want to make Mushroom Kombucha? OK, I'll look into it."

  4. You're kidding me! I thought kombucha was practically a tenant of the co-op religion!


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