Blackberry Cordial

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From the recipe files of Chapel Hill renowned restaurant, Crooks Corner

 7 quarts fresh, ripe blackberries
 5 cups water
 5 pounds sugar
 Zest of 5 lemons, in strips
 1 gallon brandy or vodka

1

Pick over the blackberries, but avoid washing them unless absolutely necessary.

2

Put them into a stoneware crock.

3

Peel the zest form the lemons, being careful to get as little of the white pith as possible.

4

Over medium high heat, boil the water with the sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved, approximately 10 minutes after it comes to the boil.

5

Pour immediately over the berries and let stand 12 hours.

6

Add the brandy or vodka and cover.

7

Store in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks.

8

Strain through clean, wet cheesecloth, but do not force the berries.

9

Bottle in sterilized bottles or jars, but do not vacuum seal.

10

Store in a cool dark place.

From Southern Cooking, by Bill Neal, The University of North Carolina Press

Ingredients

 7 quarts fresh, ripe blackberries
 5 cups water
 5 pounds sugar
 Zest of 5 lemons, in strips
 1 gallon brandy or vodka

Directions

1

Pick over the blackberries, but avoid washing them unless absolutely necessary.

2

Put them into a stoneware crock.

3

Peel the zest form the lemons, being careful to get as little of the white pith as possible.

4

Over medium high heat, boil the water with the sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved, approximately 10 minutes after it comes to the boil.

5

Pour immediately over the berries and let stand 12 hours.

6

Add the brandy or vodka and cover.

7

Store in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks.

8

Strain through clean, wet cheesecloth, but do not force the berries.

9

Bottle in sterilized bottles or jars, but do not vacuum seal.

10

Store in a cool dark place.

Blackberry Cordial