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Wild Cherry Cordial


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5 cups ripe wild black cherries raw/uncooked

15 cups cold water

5 cups raw organic cane sugar

2 tablespoons citric acid if you'd prefer to use lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon powdered citric acid = 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, so use 8 tablespoons of lemon juice


  1. Clean cherries in a large pot of cold water. Then strain 

  2. In a large glass jar, thoroughly mush the raw cherries by hand.

  3. Add in all the other ingredients, and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

  4. Cover with a cheese cloth or a linen towel (tie on with string or rubber band to ensure it's secure). It's very important that the cordial can breathe but no insects like fruit flies can get into the container. Store in a climate controlled location out of direct sunlight (a closet shelf works great).

  5. Stir the concoction at least once every 24 hours. This helps the native yeast and aerobic bacteria on the fruit breathe and proliferate. They're the good critters that you're selecting for and feeding with sugar and fruit juice/skins. The longer you allow the ferment to continue, the more sugar the culture will consume and the less sweet the final product will taste to you. As the sucrose (sugar) is digested by the yeasts; they create carbon dioxide, which creates the delightful tiny bubbles in your ferment) and ethanol (alcohol).

  6. Taste a teaspoon of your wild cherry cordial daily after each stir so you can bottle it exactly at the point that you prefer it. We like a slightly sour, very bubbly cherry cordial, which usually takes between 5-7 days.

  7. Once the flavor and bubbles are just right for you, strain out all the seeds, skin, and pulp so all you're left with is a dark red/purple liquid. Pour into jars (see jar recommendations below recipe) and store in the fridge. The cold temps of your fridge drastically slow microbial activity, essentially putting the microbes to sleep and slowing the fermentation process to a crawl. This allows your living cherry cordial to be safely stored in the fridge for 2-3 months. Drink and enjoy!

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