Elderberry Brandy Cordial
A quart sized Mason Jar
2 cups fresh elderberries
Peel of an orange [organic preferred]
2 TBS rose hips [dried or fresh]
1” - 2” peeled ginger
1 or 2 cinammon sticks
2 TBS dried elderflowers [optional]
1 quart brandy
1 cup sugar or honey
1 cup water
Enjoy it on its own or craft delicious cocktails with it. [I will be crafting some at Cupacity After Hours with mine]
A tablespoon or 2 two times a day at the onset of a cold is very helpful as well!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know what additions you like to add to yours-- I really like the flavors I get from adding the elderflowers & rose hips to mine. Also check out my post from last year on how to make Elderberry Syrup here. That is all for this week-- Stay safe & don’t forget to #StopAndEatTheFlowers
Perhaps we will do an Amari Tasting workshop at Cupacity this Fall to facilitate the experience for you! [message me to get on the list if this is of interest to you!]
Craft Your Own Amaro ~ Makes about 32 ounces ~ Takes at least 6 weeks
~A blend of herbs & spices including flowers, leaves, & barks, fresh or dried, Enough plant material to fill a quart-sized mason jar.
~5-8 sprigs of strong culinary herb [such as rosemary or thyme]
~Citrus Peels, grapefruit/orange/lemon or a combination equivalent to that of 2 oranges.
~Enough 80-proof neutral spirit to cover it [vodka is the easiest to source]
~1 cup sugar [or sugar substitute]
~1 cup water
Slowly pour the plain vodka/alcohol over the herbs, filling the jar all the way to the very top to ensure all the materials are covered & nothing is sticking up above the surface. Put a piece of wax paper over the jar mouth & seal with a lid. Pop your jar away somewhere out of direct sunlight.
Again, how sweet you make it is up to the individual! I added all of my 1:1 syrup, knowing I had included many very bitter ingredients in my mix. Reseal up your jar & set it aside again to age with the sweetener added, at least another 2 weeks. During this time, the amaro will mellow & incorporate the sweet with the other extracted flavors.
If you are impatient to taste your creation, remember some amaros are aged for a year or more at this point! You will be rewarded by a fuller, balanced flavor by waiting!
That is it for this post. PLEASE let me know what you get up to; I adore hearing from you all & trying your creations! I hope you enjoy the process here as well as your results!
Don’t forget to #StopAndEatTheFlowers
With her striking purple stems & killer flavor, Chocolate Mint is one to grow. Join me as we discuss this beautiful mint cultivar & a bunch of options for using your harvest!
My husband & I were blessed with 2 beautiful girls. When I was diagnosed with MS, I couldn't keep up the pace working retail. We decided on a simpler life, built a cabin in the woods, & moved to mid-coast Maine