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Good morning! I hope that your week is starting out well. Mine has been great. I have been wrapping Christmas gifts, have baked a few treats for Thanksgiving, and made some cranberry cordial. This cranberry cordial perfect for Thanksgiving, holiday parties, Christmas brunch, not to mention giving as a hostess gift or in a gift basket.
The good news is that the cordial is easy to make and delicious. I will be serving it with champagne for Christmas brunch, like a Kir Royale and putting it in several gift baskets for those people in my life who “have everything” but love homemade treats.
Recipe from New England Today
6 cups inexpensive Merlot or Shiraz
5 cups granulated sugar
1 bag fresh or frozen cranberries
3 cups brandy
In a large non-reactive pot bring wine, sugar and cranberries to a simmer. Cook until the cranberries start to pop. Then turn off the stove, remove from heat and let the cranberries cool in the pan. After the cranberries cool to room temperature, pour the cranberry wine mixture into a pitcher, let steep for 2-4 days.
After 2-4 days, strain the mixture in a fine mesh sieve and stir in the brandy. Pour into decorative bottles to share or to keep to enjoy. Cordial lasts 6 months.
The original recipe discard the cranberries but I used mine in a chutney for the holidays.
Do you make any homemade gifts, cordials or liqueur? If you have a favorite recipe please share.
Have a great day!