Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
I found this recipe at an auction in a box of letters and journals most dating to 1787. SOURCE : OLD HANDWRITTEN RECIEPT by Unknown. Prep time does not include chilling.
- 1 quart blackberry juice, see note
- 1 lb white sugar
- 3 tablespoons nutmeg, grated
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 pint good brandy
- Tie the spices in a muslin or cheesecloth bag.
- Boil juice, sugar, spices for 15 minutes skimming well.
- Add brandy.
- Cover and set aside to cool.
- When cold, strain out the spices and pour into bottles, sealing with corks.
- NOTE: For blackberry juice : mash berries and strain through several thicknesses of muslin or cheesecloth.
This is the very same recipe I have in an antique cookbook, except that the recipe I have calls for French brandy and mace.
I came to food.com looking for a recipe for homemade blackberry cordial. The person who left a review said nothin.g about whether this was a good recipe or not so I wonder why it's here. I would try this recipe except for fact it calls for 3 T nutmeg, fresh grated. I use fresh nutmeg all the time in my cooking and it is especially strong and pungent flavor. I can't imagine using this much for a quanitity of just over a quart of cordial as it would overpower the flavor of blackberries. If the author has made this recipe or anyone else has please let me know how it turned out. Thanks