31 October, 2018
Happy Halloween, my spooky friends! Your treat for tuning in is a delicious recipe for a sweet cordial, but the trick is that you have to wait for it to be ready!
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and while I could spend the entire post telling you all about superstitions and pagan lore and fun stuff like that, I’m going to commit the ultimate sacrilege and tell you to start a recipe that will be ready in time for Christmas. This recipe can really be started at any time, and since currants are a summer fruit, it might work better if you start them then, but the premise stays the same, no matter what fruit you end up using (cherries, huckleberries, blueberries, gooseberries, etc.).
When it comes to enjoying your cordial, some people like to drink it out of tiny glasses. Other people like it over vanilla ice cream (something I have yet to try but which sounds really good). The woman who taught me how to make it, my friend’s mom, Lisa, suggested enjoying it as a mixed drink with a can of passionfruit La Croix (or any seltzer water). However you choose to enjoy it, enjoy it well and make it often, because if you have the patience to wait for it to steep, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than buying it!
3 cups Currants
3/4 cups Sugar
3 cups High-proof vodka
Wash and de-stem your currants. The best way to take them off of the stem is to hold the end of the stem and run a fork down it, letting the stem pass between the tines of the fork, knocking the berries into a bowl. Once the berries are clean, pour them into a large jar, followed by the sugar and the vodka. Seal up the jar and shake it until the sugar is completely dissolved. Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 1-3 months, shaking the jar to stir everything once per week.
After the waiting period has passed, strain the berries out and bottle the cordial. Store it back in a cool, dark place or give it as a gift for the most awesome holiday present!