cordial

anything having to do with distilled liquor infused with spices and/or fruit

Blood Orange Cordial

Blood Orange Cordial

This year I made a modern Blood Orange Cordial.  Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it?  I made it for historic competitions. Blood oranges, C. sinensis, were first discovered and cultivated in 15th century Sicily (the region around Mt. Etna still has many blood orange groves).  I was intrigued that they are only available during a few weeks […]

Fruit flavoring and glycerine - dubious is the word

Fruit flavoring and glycerine – dubious is the word

I added flavoring and glycerin to a test batch of cordial for the first time ever this week.  I had split a batch of peach cordial made with lovely orchard peaches gathered last summer, soaked in white brandy.  It had a wonderful nose but very, shall we say, delicate flavor.  […]

Is making a cordial really brewing?

Is making a cordial really brewing?

Making cordials is often lumped in with brewing.  Should it be?  Is making a cordial, with modern restrictions and requirements, really a brewing activity?  Why do people make cordials, anyway? Now, whether you’re pro or con, you’ll find I have a number of cordials recipes on this site.  Most are […]

Why compete in homebrewing: beer, wine, mead?

Why compete in homebrewing: beer, wine, mead?

Last year a brewing chum asked me why I compete in homebrewing.  He’s one of the most morose people I’ve ever met, so my first thought was that he was sulking as usual, and found hearing about my competition outreach distasteful.  Take out the sulking, though, and you’ve got a […]