Wine and Berry Cordial | Fortified Wine
Simply add enough brandy to your red wine to get the alcohol by volume to 40% or greater, add the fruit, and let steep for one week before pouring off the cordial. I doubt a sugar syrup will be needed as the drink will be naturally sweetened by the fruit. That being said, the recipe card for simple syrup can be found below.
- 1 bottle red table wine nothing fancy, Santa Julia Organic Cabernet works nice
- 1 cup each: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries can add strawberries, cherries, etc.
- 1 vanilla bean or, 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups unflavored brandy Christian Brothers is fine
- 1/2 cup simple syrup optional
Combine all ingredients in your mason jar and let sit in a place out of direct sunlight for 1 week, up to 3 months. Adding the brandy raises the alcohol level to the point where mold or bacteria will not grow. Be sure to add the brandy or the cordial must cure in the refrigerator and be stored in the refrigerator after it is created. Shake or stir the concoction daily. Strain out the berries using cheesecloth and a strainer. Taste and amend with simple syrup (recipe card below) to taste. You can add more wine if the berry flavor is too strong.This cordial is reminiscent of Port wine and is quite potent. Drink moderately by a warm fire with friends and lovers.