Teas, Tinctures and Cordials

For our loyal and thirsty readers, we do things in threes. This is the third and the final article in the series  “home-made concoctions to survive a  Potter County winter”. And we saved the best for last. This Polish Strawberry Cordial – Likier Truskawkowy – is a pleasure. 

Strawberries and Vodka in Glass Containers

It makes about 1 quart and takes a long while to finish. So when it’s finally ready, it is much-anticipated. Maybe that is its allure, much like the coming of spring after a long, hard winter. We figure that the finish of our berry cordial is about a month away. So, forget that silly groundhog’s prediction, we have another month of wintry weather because that is the curing time needed for the berry cordial. We’ll enjoy it on a warm, sunny spring day sometime in the middle of April.

Strawberry-Infusion and Strawberry Mixture

Here’s the recipe (source: http://www.about.com/ Eastern European food)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1 quart good-quality vodka
  • 1 cup sugar (recipe calls for 2 cups but we use 1 cup)

Preparation:

  1. Combine strawberries and vodka in a large, sterilized glass container. Seal and set in a dark, cool place for 1 week.
  2. After 1 week, pour through a sieve, reserving strawberries, and transfer strawberry-infused vodka into a clean, sterilized glass container and seal. Add sugar to strawberries, mix well and transfer to a separate clean, sterilized glass container and seal. Place both containers in a dark, cool place for 1 month.
  3. After 1 month, thoroughly combine strawberry mixture with vodka, strain and pour into a clean, sterilized glass container. Seal and allow to age in a cool, dark place for several months. Strawberries may be discarded or served over ice cream or pound cake the same day.
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4 Responses to Teas, Tinctures and Cordials

  1. Sharon says:

    This looks absolutely wonderful! I will definitely try it this year when the strawberries are in season.

    • Wooleylot says:

      Great. . . We freeze some strawberries when in season for winter treats like this one. Just add the frozen berries right into the jars.

  2. Mimi says:

    what vodka would you recommend for this recipe?

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