*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
                             BLACKBERRY CORDIAL
 Recipe By     : Homemade in the Kitchen
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beverages
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      pint          blackberries
    2      1x4-inch      strips of orange peel, pith removed
      1/4  teaspoon      ground cloves
    1 1/2  cups          vodka
    1 1/2  cups          brandy
      2/3  cup           sugar
      1/3  cup           water
      1/2  teaspoon      glycerin (found in drugstores)
 Put the blackberries into a shallow dish and lightly crush them with a fork.
 Transfer the berries and their juice to a 1-quart Mason jar. Add the orange
 peel, cloves, vodka, and brandy. Seal the jar and shake it  to mix. Set the
 jar aside in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks. Strain the mixture through a
 fine sieve into a 4-cup glass measuring cup, pressing down on the fruit with
 a wooden spoon to extract as much fluid as possible. Discard the solids, and
 rinse the sieve and the Mason jar thoroughly. Fit the sieve with a damp
 coffee filter and strain the liquid back into the jar. Combine the sugar and
 water in a small saucepan. Heat for 5 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring
 constantly, until the sugar dissolves, leaving a clear syrup. Remove the pan
 from the heat and cool to room temperature. Add the syrup and the glycerin
 to the jar. Reseal the Mason jar and shake gently to blend. If you wish,
 transfer the liqueur to decanters *. The Blackberry Cordial should be ready
 to drink in 2 or 3 days and has a shelf life of 2 to 3 months.
 YIELD: 3 cups
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 NOTES : If using decanters with cork stoppers instead of glass stoppers,
 replace the corks after each use.