Friday, January 22, 2010

An Autumn Cordial


Yesterday I strained and decanted the apple-cardamom cordial that I started in autumn when I was blessed to pick all those wonderful organic apples with a new and wonderful friend. The chopped apples and cardamom seeds have been macerating in brandy since October and the fragrance is truly divine.

Generally it is at this stage of cordial-making that I will add sugar in one form or another. Yet at first taste of this elixir I knew that the apples had already added the perfect balance of sweetness.

So into the cork-bottles it goes, to be labeled and shelved for a several more months where all the constituents may mingle in free-flow, get to know one another intimately, and mellow out to become a most delightful autumn beverage. Or summer. Or whatever.

Sláinte!


PS Hey you whisperers - you know who you are (see the list over there on the upper-right ~~~>) ... what green blessings are you witnessing and experiencing these day? Hmmmmm?

8 comments:

annie kelleher said...

ooh i hope im privileged to sample some!!!!

Ruth said...

It is a beautiful golden color. I hope to post again real soon. Have to do some inventory and see what I can make! I have a sewing project to do first though.

Vincent James Pia said...

Well... it already looks very, VERY tasty to me! :-)

Nice work, Miss Rose! :-)

Herbs 'n' Chocolate said...

sounds absolutely heavenly!

Walk in the Woods said...

It really is nice. Yet it will mellow out over time, which always amazes me with these simple infused cordials and - especially - liqueurs.

And yes Annie, I will be sure to share a sip-r-two with you!

Julia said...

Your cordial looks delightful! And everyone cooking is talking about cardamon...

The weedy mustards and radishes are flowering in our side of the country right now, most natives are still hiding. Also lots of mycology to investigate. The Cyathus have invaded a planter box of mine and are lovely!!!

Walk in the Woods said...

Thanks Julia! I always have cardamom seeds on hand ... for tea, cooking, and just chewing on! Happy cooking!

prashant said...

I can make! I have a sewing project to do first though.
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