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Blackberry or Elderberry Cordial


  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 piece stick cinnamon
  • 8 quarts blackberries or elderberries
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 4 pounds granulated sugar
  • 2 quarts whiskey or brandy


  1. Tie spices in a cloth bag.
  2. Pick over and wash berries. Place in preserving kettle; cover with water, and boil until thoroughly soft; then strain. Measure, and to each quart of juice add 2 cups sugar. Add spice bag and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Let cool, and measure again.
  4. To each quart of syrup, add 1 pint or whiskey or brandy.
  5. Bottle and cork tightly.

Will keep; improves with age.

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