Cranberry Cordial

By Yankee Magazine

Apr 23 2018


Cranberry Cordial

Photo Credit : Krissy O'Shea

This sweet, berry-infused liqueur from food writer Molly Watson makes a lovely variation on a Kir Royale when mixed with Champagne or sparkling wine. Pour this cranberry cordial into pretty bottles to give as a holiday or hostess gift. Everyone will think you went to a lot of trouble to make this cordial, but it’s actually as simple as simmering water.


about 3 quarts


6 cups medium-bodied red wine (such as merlot or shiraz)
5 cups granulated sugar
1 12-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries
3 cups brandy


In a large, nonreactive pot, bring wine, sugar, and cranberries to a simmer. Cook until cranberries pop their skins, about 20 minutes.

Cool mixture to room temperature; then refrigerate 2 to 4 days to steep berries.

Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve; then stir in brandy and transfer to glass bottles. Cordial will keep for up to 6 months.