brandy

Aqua Rubea

Aqua Rubea

Aqua Rubea sounded so pretty that when I was preparing for our SCA Royal Brewer competition (which I won that year) I just had to try to make it.  It is a medicinal tonic, commonly referred to as a cordial, but not at all sweet like our modern sipping cordials.  […]

Aqua Composita

Aqua Composita

Aqua Composita is a tonic, a medicinal cordial; it was not sweetened in most versions I found.  The document linked here is my full-length competition documentation examining how I made a batch, the recipes I found and the redaction decisions I made (and what I’d do differently next time). I […]

Apricot Cardamom Cordial

Apricot Cardamom Cordial

I really like cardamom, and it seemed to be a good match for apricots.  I took this to Interkingdom Brewing Competition at Pennsic, where it did well.  This is my competition documentation.  Now I know there’s a spice called Grains of Paradise, and that I can purchase it under that […]

Peach Cordial

Peach Cordial

     My nephew Ross has been making cordials since college, but just recently knocked my socks off with this one and the Cranberry Cordial also on this site. Have you tried this? Made it, tasted it?  What did you think?      3 lbs peaches, pitted and quartered (I left the skins […]

Cranberry Cordial

Cranberry Cordial

Have you tried this? Made it, tasted it?  What did you think?      16 oz. cranberries      1/2 peel lemon, scraped      1/4 peel orange, scraped      1.5 c vodka (I used white brandy)       1.5 c sugar syrup (simple syrup) Steep 4 weeks or until as smooth as you wish. […]

Spiced Honey Walnut Cordial

Spiced Honey Walnut Cordial

What to do with a lot of brandy-soaked toasted English walnuts?  Let’s see…make butter brickle candy and coat it with dark chocolate, that’s what! Have you tried this? Made it, tasted it?  What did you think? The Recipe The recipe is completely and utterly modern. The ingredients all existed over […]