One of the things I've come to love about farming is discovering new flavors. Blackberry cordial is the newest and we are absolutely in love. We are fortunate to live near a good blackberry patch. After making several years worth of jelly, we branched out. The mulled blackberry vinegar is still mulling, but the cordial is done.
The whole process is so simple.
Place your washed berries in a large pot or bowl that you can cover and put in the fridge. Add just enough apple juice to cover the berries. Place in the fridge for about 4 days, stirring daily.
Now the messy part, mash the berries and run through a jelly cone strainer. Take that juice and filter through a coffee filter or fine mesh screen.
Measure the juice and place in a pot. Add an equal measure of sugar and boil to dissolve the sugar. Let cool enough that you won't burn yourself while pouring.
Mix equal parts blackberry syrup and brandy. I store mine in mason jars in the fridge. I've also used vodka, but find the brandy to be a deeper and smoother flavor.
I'm also working on a blueberry cordial using a different method. It will be done July 19th. I'll let you know how that comes out.