Taken from the lovely people at Mountain Rose Herbs: I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks delish!
(feed me port…)
Summer is here and it is time to celebrate. I love to create special drinks for special occasions! Learn how to make herbal cordials and you will always have the most interesting parties! People stop asking you to bring food to the potluck and request that you bring the drinks instead!
Summer Solstice is the perfect occasion to capture the season in a delicious herbal cordial. It is so fun to get together with a friend and make a cordial that will add that extra touch to your summer feasts. Get yourself some small cordial glasses and toast your health and happiness this summer with this delicious Summer Solstice Cordial.
Summer Solstice Cordial
2 tablespoons dried organic elderflower
2 tablespoons dried organic rose buds
2 tablespoons chopped dried peaches
1 tablespoon fresh or dried organic lemon peel
1 teaspoon organic fennel seed
2 cups port wine
Steep herbs and fruit in the port wine for one month then strain the herbs from the wine and enjoy. Make a summer party cooler by putting this cordial over ice and adding seltzer water and fresh squeezed lemon or lime.
How to Make Summer Solstice Cordial
1) Put dried herbs into a mortar and pestle and mash them as much as possible
2) Chop dried peaches into small pieces with a knife
3) Put herbs, fruit and wine into a sterilized jar.
4) Let sit in a cool, dry place for one month
Decanting the Cordial…
After one month you will participate in the ancient art of decanting (Fancy term for straining out the herbs from the alcohol).
To decant your cordial you will need a clean sterilized glass jar, funnel and cotton muslin.
1) Place a funnel into the jar and lay the cotton muslin on top of the funnel
2) Pour the wine and infusing herbs and fruit through the muslin and funnel being careful not to let the herbs spill over the side of the muslin into the funnel and jar
3) If the herbs spill out of the muslin into the jar, get a clean jar and start over
4) When all of the liquid has drained through the cotton muslin cloth and funnel into the jar, then squeeze the rest of the liquid out of the dried plant material through the muslin into the jar.
5) Discard the strained out herb material into the compost or just put it on the dirt in your garden. The liquid left behind is your herbal cordial.
Cordials are alcoholic herbal drinks that have a variety of uses. Cordials can be sipped before and after dinner as digestive tonics. Cordials are perfect for toasts at special occasions and to pair with foods and desserts. Herbal cordials are also great cooking companions. Add them to cakes and desserts just as you would vanilla extract. Use them in marinades and glazes and put a dash into drinks. We add Summer Solstice Cordial to homemade whipped cream and put it on fresh summer fruit. Cordials can be stirred into jams and other dessert sweeteners or sprinkled onto yams and vegetables before baking. Add some cordial to your next batch of chutney or pie filling or put a tablespoon or two into morning pancake batter and French toast egg batter. During the cooking process the alcohol precipitates off leaving behind a melody of flavor for you to enjoy.