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Cordial Season

12/15/21 – A wise person once said, “an evergreen cordial is to winter, as pumpkin spice latte is to fall.”

All you need to make this tasty concoction is…

  • 1 cup freshly gathered and chopped cedar, black spruce, pine, or balsam tips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups vodka or brandy

First you tromp around the woods gathering your evergreen tips of choice (I can vouch for both cedar and black spruce). Next, make a simple syrup by gently heating the sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Place the chopped evergreen tips in a quart mason jar along with the simple syrup and vodka or brandy. Shake well to combine and let infuse for two weeks. Keep out of direct sunlight, shake often, and dream about how delicious it’s going to be drizzled over ice cream. Once the two weeks is up; strain the liquid into fresh glass jars with lids, discard the plant matter, and enjoy! (Recipe from Traditional Medicinals)

Easy as that! -Jessica

The beginnings of a black spruce cordial.