Brandy and Raisin Cordial - Boerenjongens

Total Time
48hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 48 hrs

Pronounced "bor-en-young-us", this traditional recipe is a brandy/raisin cordial served most commonly at holiday time as an aperitif or as a dessert when friends gather to offer "Felicitateer Nieuw Jaar". Can be served after two days, but mellows if made at least 3 months in advance. From the Michigan Dutch chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Institute of Chicago, 1947.


  1. Cover raisins with water and cook for ten minutes.
  2. Drain and add sugar; stir to dissolve.
  3. Add brandy and let stand at least two days in a closed container.
  4. Portion raisins and liqueur into small glasses (small spoons will make eating the raisins easier).