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Cranberry Rhubarb Liqueur
Goes By Many Names
This is the first time I have made a Cordial. I wanted to make a Cranberry Cordial last year, to serve over the holidays but I didn’t realize you needed to let it sit for a few months before enjoying….so on to this year! I knew if I started the cordial now (August) it would definitely be ready for the holidays. In my freezer I had a zip lock baggie with 1 1/2 bags (one full 12 oz bag plus 1/2 of a 12 oz bag) of cranberries and 2 cups of rhubarb.
Vodka Or Grain Alcohol
All I needed was the Vodka. You can use Everclear Grain Alcohol but I decided to use just your basic vodka. It’s a whole lot cheaper to use plain vodka over the grain alcohol and since this was my first attempt at making a liqueur, I didn’t want to spend to much on something that might not turn out.
The rhubarb and cranberries were frozen so I partially thawed them. Thankfully I chopped them before I froze them. For more information on WI cranberries check out Where to Buy Cranberries
A delicious sipper.
- 18 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries, partially thawed if frozen
- 2 cups diced fresh or frozen rhubarb, partially thawed if frozen
- 6 1/2 cups sugar
- 6 1/2 cups vodka
- 2 cups water
If you have access to a food processor, mince the cranberries and rhubarb to a fine pulp. Otherwise use a pastry blender or food chopper and coarsely chop the cranberries and rhubarb. Leave some cranberries whole, if desired.
Put cranberries and rhubarb in a large glass jar.
Add sugar, vodka and water. Stir. Cover tightly and set in a dark place at room temperature for at least 3-6 months.
Before serving, strain cordial. Strain through double thickness of cheesecloth. Discard fruit.
Store cordial in a jar or decorative bottle with a tight fitting top.
Six Weeks Later…
I served this Delicious Cranberry Rhubarb Cordial on Thanksgiving. The color is gorgeous and the taste is reminiscent of cherry cough syrup…
a very strong cherry cough syrup….But in a good way. It is definitely a sipper. It can also be served warm, from your slow cooker. This cordial turned out different, unique and delicious. A wonderful festive holiday “sipper” Turn on some Christmas music..Nibble on Hors d’oeuvres and Sip a glass of this delicious cordial..while trimming the tree.
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