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Fresh cranberries, sugar, wine and brandy turn into this delicious homemade cranberry liqueur. Perfect for holiday gifts or to make Cranberry Kir Royals and other holiday cocktails.
Homemade Cranberry Cordial
The holidays are upon us, gatherings, parties and guests are are on the calendar. We have been preparing the pantry and the liquor cabinet for drop in guests and the holiday party and gatherings that we are hosting. Last week I made our yearly batch of homemade cranberry cordial. This cranberry cordial is 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 using only a handful of ingredients and tastes delicious on its own or mixed in a cocktail. We have it on the Thanksgiving menu, as well as, Christmas brunch. I will be serving it with champagne, like a Kir Royale.
There are several of bottles liqueur set aside for gifts. We add them to food gift baskets, for those people in our life who “have everything” but love homemade treats. The baskets will include cookies, candy, bread and spicy nuts too.
Ingredients for Cranberry Cordial
- Inexpensive wine, Merlot or Shiraz. You will be cooking this so do not use an expensive wine. At the same time do not use cooking wine.
- Granulated white sugar
- Fresh cranberries, not dried.
How to Make Homemade Cranberry Cordial
Cranberry cordial is easy to make but it does need to be made ahead. You need at least 5 days so if you want to serve it at Thanksgiving start a batch soon.
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 cranberry liqueur into decorative bottles to share, to add to your gift baskets or to keep to enjoy.
How long does homemade cranberry cordial last?
This cordial will last for 6 months.
How to you store homemade cordial?
This cranberry cordial can be stored at room temperature but you can also store it in the refrigerator.
What to do with wine infused cranberries?
Here are some uses for wine infused berries.
- chutney, add the berries to your chutney recipe.
- Serve berries over ice cream(not for children).
- Make boozy sorbet.
- Boozy cranberry milkshakes.
- Use in homemade chocolate candy.
- Serve over oatmeal.
- Serve over waffles and pancakes.
- DO NOT SERVE TO CHILDREN.
Do you make any homemade food gifts, cordials or liqueur?
Do you like to receive homemade gifts? If you have a favorite recipe please share.
THAT’S ALL FOR NOW
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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.
Recipe from New England Today
You can also use the cranberries as a boozy topping on ice cream. Do not serve to children.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
- Category: Liqueur
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