Recipe Box: Blackberry Cordial & Simple Syrup

Summer days in these mountains mean many wonderful things – fireflies blinking in the dusk, sweet little songbirds chirping, frogs croaking, and one of my favorites – blackberry picking!

It has been a particularly rainy spring and summer and so even the often hard and sour wild blackberry brambles are covered in more deliciously sweet, fat berries than I’ve ever seen!

Blackberry Vodka
Nummy vodka is just this easy!

Every season, I get a small bit o’berries from the wild brambles in our yard, usually around a pint. I tend to get about a 1/4 cup each evening and throw them into a large tupperware to live in the freezer.  Once I have enough to work with, I can make something!  The side effect of freezing berries is that when they thaw, they will release more juice than fresh berries.

Besides my own yard, I know of some other places nearby where I can go and pick to my heart’s content and have enough for a gallon of wine or mead, or a few jars of jam. But now we are going to talk about a tradition that I follow every year of making blackberry cordial.

Like I’ve covered before, tinctures, elixirs, and cordials are easy to make!  They are a wonderful method of bringing summertime to the cold winter nights.  A little bit of blackberry cordial in a cup of hot tea or cider can make a bedtime nightcap extra special.  I’m happy to share my basic blackberry cordial recipe with you all!

Blackberry Cordial

Take a jar and add your blackberries into it.  Fill it up as much as you can.

Use a wooden spoon and smush the berries to release their juices. 

Cover the smooshed berries with your choice of booze.  I often use a good quality vodka, but a nice brandy works well with blackberries.

Close up your jar, label it, and put it aside for at least a month.  

After a while, strain your booze!  I like to use a wire strainer first, then a secondary strain with cheesecloth or a clean cotton rag. 

blackberry syrup
Delicious & Lovely, too!

Sweeten to taste, label, and store!

For sweetening, you can make a plain simple syrup (recipe here) or try this one if you have blackberries left over:

Blackberry Simple Syrup

Boil one cup of water with a handful or two of berries.  Let it simmer for a bit, strain, and return the liquid to the pan.

Add two cups of sugar (or 1.5 cup of honey, or agave, or whatever you prefer!)

Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and remove from heat.

Allow to cool down a bit before funneling into a clean glass bottle with a tight fitting lid.

Label and date your syrup and store it in the fridge!

Enjoy your cordial-making! I know that I do.

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9 Responses

  1. Connie
    | Reply

    How long will the Blackberry Cordial or the Simple Syrup last? Can either be canned?


    • amberpixi
      | Reply

      Hi, Connie! Good questions! Because of the booze content, I’ve had cordials that I sip from every now and then that are years old and never had any problems. I don’t store those in the fridge, either.

      The Simple Syrup will last for months and months in the fridge, but I’ve never kept any longer than that – I tend to use them up! Nor have I tried to can syrup before, but I found a good post here that offers advice on how to do just that!

      Best wishes!

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  3. Delicious! I shared on My Week on Wednesday. :)
    Incidentally, I have tried to store cordials in the fridge, and they got all gummy; I wouldn’t recommend it. 😉

    • amberpixi
      | Reply

      Ha! Sorry that you had to learn that the hard way, but thank you for sharing your experience!

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