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Jun 9, 2014

DIY Strawberry Cordial

Dear California,

We thank you for your efforts in supplying us, year round with clam shells filled with strawberry shaped fruit. 
While lacking somewhat (all together) in flavour, they do look lovely. 
We regret to inform you that due to an overwhelmingly abundant supply of sweet, summer flavour, in our local berries, we will not be requiring your services during the months of June and July. 

However, despite the insane toll on the environment, we'll be sure to contact you in the fall when our supply has dried up again.



Even if you're not in Ontario, hopefully there are some equally amazing strawberries to be found in your town. You might be wondering what this has to do with cocktails? In the spirit of the Garden to Glass movement, it's time to take advantage of the season and start stocking ingredients for your home bar...

Clearly, my jar from last year, was around just long enough...

Strawberry Cordial
3 C strawberries (hulled & quartered)
2 C Vodka 40% or above
1 1/2 C sugar
3/4 C water
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tsp fresh lemon juice

In a large glass bowl crush strawberries and sugar, let stand for 2-3 hrs. Pour contents into 1 L mason jar, add remaining ingredients. Close lid tightly and refrigerate or cold cellar for 48 hrs, turning occasionally.
Strain through fine mesh or cheesecloth, reserving only the liquid. Place in clean jar, let stand in refrigerator or cold cellar for 1 week to 1 month, strain again.
This will keep almost indefinitely if stored in a cool dark place.

Have you ever made your own cordial or liqueurs?  Do you live somewhere that can only get imported berries? Let me know! 

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