Saturday, January 28, 2012

You're Cordially Invited.......

"You're Cordially Invited" the name of the article from the Nov/Dec 2011, Hobby Farm Home Magazine, which includes several great recipes for cordials and liqueurs made from fresh picked fruits.  Today I was thinking about the raspberry infused vodka I started back in late October when I picked my last harvest of fresh ripe raspberries.  I know that I have to be patient but the little "sneak" taste was wonderful.  This particular recipe takes about 7 months from beginning to end and is absolutely beautiful in each and every step.  I plan to give away most as gifts. 

You can use this cordial in a variety of ways
  • Served Straight
  • Poured over ice
  • Mixed into other drinks such as margaritas
  • Mixed into seltzer water
I have included the recipe below, but if you ever get a chance to subscribe to this magazine I know that you will enjoy the recipes, the gardening ideas and the articles about farming, sustainability, fiber crafts and more.

Raspberry Cordial

4 cups fresh raspberries
2 cups vodka
3 cups sugar
2 cups water

Mix raspberries and vodka in a sterilized gallon-sized glass jar with a tight fitting lid.  Let stand in a dark, cool place for about four weeks.  Shake and stir every two to three days.  Rack the mixture by straining through a fine-mesh sieve or a standard fine mesh strainer to remove berries. 

Bring sugar and water to a boil over medium heat.  Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture is clear.  Remove from heat and cool to room temerature.  Add this to strained raspberry liquid and stir well.  Pour into sterilized glass containers and age in dark, cool spot for at least six months. 
Happy Waiting!

Makes about 6 cups.


La Luna said...

So what kind of glass containers do you store them in? I was thinking about making some and giving it as gifts but my problem is I dont know what containers to put it in

Lisa said...

La Luna, You store the mixture in a cool dark place in the sterilized mason jar per hte recipe. Once finished (in about 7 months total) you can transfer to any container you would like. Pier one has really cute bottles with toppers to use as gifts. Just tasted my batch that is complete and it turned out REALLY good and to top it off it is beautiful too! Tried adding some to the sangria and it too was good!

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