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.
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.
Here’s the recipe (source: http://www.about.com/ Eastern European food)
- 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)
- Combine strawberries and vodka in a large, sterilized glass container. Seal and set in a dark, cool place for 1 week.
- 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.
- 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.