Updated Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Total Time: 45
Yield: about 3 quarts
This sweet, berry-infused liqueur makes a lovely variation on a Kir Royale when mixed with Champagne or sparkling wine. Pour it 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.
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.
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