This is an easy way to make cordial and it's good for gifts! Other berries such as raspberries, strawberries or blueberries may be used in place of blackberries, and rum or brandy may be used in place of the vodka.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
additional:
1 week 3 days
total:
1 week 3 days
Servings:
32
Yield:
1 quart
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour the sugar into a 1 quart jar. Fill the remaining space with berries, but do not pack down. Fill the jar with vodka so that the berries are completely covered. Seal the jar. Let the jar stand for 2 months, shaking the jar every week. The sugar should dissolve, and the vodka will become colored.

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  • Strain the liquid through a metal sieve, and then through a coffee filter to remove the fruit. Pour into pretty bottles. Drink as a cordial, or use it to flavor lemonade or iced tea.

Nutrition Facts

100 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 8g 3% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 0.5mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2010
I've made this recipe with raspberries and it's delicious! However, instead of discarding the fruit it can be used as a topping to vanilla ice cream! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2010
I've made this recipe with raspberries and it's delicious! However, instead of discarding the fruit it can be used as a topping to vanilla ice cream! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/30/2008
My husband and I made blackberry and blueberry cordial for Christmas gifts last year with much success! Part of the fun was going and shaking the jars for months which sounds strange, but it built up quite a bit of anticipation and also, it was nice that we could both be involved in a project... for some reason I can't get him excited about knitting or making candles, lol. The only problem we had was that once the cordials were bottled, no one believed that we had made them ourselves! Because it's been a poor berry season here, I'm going to take the advice of one of the other reviewers and make this with plums this year. Thank you for sharing not only a great recipe, but a fun project! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2006
I made this last year using bing cherries. I pricked each cherry first to aid in releasing it's flavors & since I wasn't making this to be drank as a cordial I decreased the sugar some. I use the cherry vodka in cherry limeades to make them more fun.;o) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2008
This was wonderful with Rasberries!! I will make this over and over again. I will be trying other fruits. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2011
Since sealing means different things to different people. Please explain the process. Is it a hot water bath seal? And for how long? I have imagined that 20 minutes at a rolling boil would cook the berries. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2014
This was fabulous & will make an excellent Xmas gift. A few helpful notes: 1. No need to sterilize or process jars due to high alcohol content- just use clean jars, pour boiling water over jars & lids to thoroughly clean before proceeding. 2. Vodka is great & provides a cleaner berry taste. Rum is also great, but use a high quality rum for smoother taste. 3. For a really clear end product, strain through 4 layers of cheesecloth then a new coffee filter for each 1/2 quart as filter will get clogged. 4. Freeze the berries for ice cream topping etc - they are delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2009
Turned out AMAZING! It's great sipping over ice or with a slash of sprite. I'm not a vodka drinker but this doesn't taste like vodka at all. Totally worth trying. Great recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2009
I useda cheap vodka and didn't strain the berries back out. I still really liked it as did my family! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2005
Works well with plums too! Read More
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