Slow-Cooker Blackberry Cordial

Slow-Cooker Blackberry Cordial

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Yield: 6 cups

Ingredients
  • 6 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, zested in strips
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups brandy (optional)
Directions
  1. In large bowl, crush berries and sugar with potato masher. Add to slow cooker and stir in 1 qt. water, peppercorns, bay leaves and lemon zest. Cover and cook over low heat for 2 1/2 hours. Stir, increase heat to high and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Strain through fine-mesh sieve without pressing on berries. Stir maple syrup into blackberry juice and let cool. Stir in brandy, if using. Refrigerate up to 1 month. Makes 6 cups.
Tip If it has brandy:
  • Enjoy as a cocktail: Serve with seltzer over ice or straight up.
  • Use as a pan sauce for pork or chicken.
Tip Without brandy:
  • Whisk with mustard, vinegar and EVOO for a fruity vinaigrette.
  • Simmer until thick and pour over pancakes, waffles or ice cream.
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