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Ok, frugal boozehounds and DIY cocktail masters, now is the time to stock up on cranberries and make things with them! Their prices will plummet between December and January - they freeze like a dream, they make a great addition to smoothies, but most importantly of all, they make a delicious cordial.
Here's how I make my spiced cranberry cordial ever winter, but feel free to play with the recipe...add things, switch up the spices, and most of all, make it your own! If you have never made a tincture, cordial, or elixir before, this post might be helpful to you.
Spiced Cranberry Cordial
Now, this cranberry cordial recipe is quite malleable. More than an exact recipe, I'm sharing a technique with a few simple guidelines, but the variations are endless. Add ginger root, star anise, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, any other herbs or spices that you think might blend well with the tart, astringent cranberries.
You can also play with the sugar syrup to change the end flavor of the cordial - white sugar makes a very neutral, highly sweet simple syrup, while brown sugar adds a depth of flavor from the molasses. Honey simple syrup is more cloying and rich, but gives a great buffer to the tart berries. A basic recipe for simple syrup is at the end of this article.
Now, get to mixing!
Ingredients for One Pint