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Cranberry Cordial

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


by in Nov 2010
Cranberry Cordial
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This sweet, berry-infused liqueur makes a lovely variation on a Kir Royale when mixed with Champagne or sparkling wine. Pour this cranberry cordial into pretty bottles to give as a holiday or hostess gift. Everyone will think you went to a lot of trouble to make this cordial, but it's actually as simple as simmering water.

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  • 6 cups inexpensive medium-bodied red wine (such as Merlot or Shiraz)
  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3 cups brandy


In a large, nonreactive pot, bring wine, sugar, and cranberries to a simmer. Cook until cranberries pop their skins.

Cool mixture to room temperature; then refrigerate 2 to 4 days to steep berries.

Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve; then stir in brandy and transfer to glass bottles. Cordial will keep for up to 6 months.
Updated Monday, October 7th, 2013

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