This is one of those recipes that has been so passed around that I don’t know where it originated nor do I know if I have the right recipe. I really wanted to try it. First of all, we have a ton of wild blackberries in our area. (I think the original recipe used raspberries but I think you could really use any type of raspberry like berries.) And who doesn’t like a good cordial. Yes, this is an alcoholic beverage.
Starts with a quart jar of clean berries. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and let sit for 24 hours in a sunny location. We had a little difficulty finding a place in our apartment that got a full days sun and it seemed to work out just fine.
At the end of that 24 hours, add another 1/4 cup sugar and shake to mix. The picture above is after the first 24 hours because I forgot to take an earlier picture.
Then the berries are completely broken down add vodka and more sugar to taste. I used a quart of vodka and found it was too much so I used the rest of my blackberries which was about 3/4 of a quart to get it to the flavor I wanted. Because of that, my mixture sat for more than a week.
According the recipe I have, you let the berries sit for a week in the vodka away from the sunlight. Then you strain and drink.
I did strain a week after I added the second batch of berries (which sat in the window for about 3 days). The end result is a very sweet berry flavored drink. So amazingly good.
I saved the berries which were still very berry like to make jam or jelly. I haven’t decided what I am going to do with them to be honest but they went into the freezer for a weekend when I have a bit more time.
Meanwhile, it is the best evening cough medicine I have ever had. Makes me almost sad to become well.