If you come around this upcoming holiday season you might be offered a small glass of blackberry cordial made from our very own up North blackberries.
The recipe came from an octogenarian church lady with whom we have served many funeral dinners.
The recipe is simple: 4 cups berries, 4 cups sugar, 2 cups vodka.
Stir once-a-week for several months. Strain. Enjoy.
Do you remember the sisters on the Waltons? They often offered their guests refreshment of "the recipe". We like to think we are helping to carry on a lovely tradition of making food and drink from local ingredients that stretches way back past our church lady friend. In fact she may have gotten the recipe from her famous relative who might have picked blackberries from the same bramble patches that she does now.
Perhaps it was handed down from the wife of her great Grandfather who is remembered for having sold the eagle named Old Abe to a Civil War Regiment to be their mascot. It's a great story and you can read about it here.
See you in November for a cordial visit!