We are now at the mellowing stage of our Christmas Cordial making.
If you will remember from Part 1, we covered
fresh fruit with 80 proof Vodka
Cherries in 3, half gallon canning jars
Strawberries in 3, half gallon canning jars
Shake them up every few days,
add a simple syrup after a few weeks
now comes the final step.
I strained the jars through a mesh strainer, covered in cheese cloth,
into a bowl, separating the whole fruit from the liquid.
This removes any solids.
Place the fruit in another bowl.
This photo shows the cherries.
They are surprisingly still very firm but saturated with vodka.
I am sure they will pack a powerful punch so keep them away from the kiddos!
I packed the fruit into containers and refrigerated.
I'm not sure why, I don't intend to eat it, but you could,
or perhaps mash them up for a topping.
The first photo shows the now cherry liquor.
What a beautiful color now that it is fully infused with the cherries.
I will admit I stole an early taste and it's not bad!
The strawberry liquor is so sweet smelling!
These need to mellow out for several months.
Our timing will have it ready just for the holidays.
You can package them into small bottles as gifts.
The instructions recommend using the top liquid, the first to pour out,
for gifts, it will be the most clear; however, these look pretty good
all the way through.
I put them back in the cool basement, away from light.
The next taste will be either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
This is so easy to make that anyone can do it!
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