Friday, February 4, 2011

Cordial Decanting Party

Tonight, some friends invited us over for a Cordial Decanting party. It was pretty fun and everything tasted great! I've never heard of this before and was very curious. Basically, Cordial Decanting is when you soak alcohol (they used rum, vodka and brandy), sugar , maybe some spices and fruit for at least a few months. Once this has taken places, you strain the fruit from the liquid with cherry cloth (I think that's what it is called) and drink the liquid. The longer it sits (after the decanting process), the better it tastes. Usually, at first, it's pretty strong, but good.

Here are some that hey had already decanted a while ago.

There were so many flavors that they decanted tonight.

Here is some key lime. We also had some pomegranate, plum, peach and some others that I can't think of right now.

Getting ready for the final process.

In action. Here they are straining the liquid.

They had some yummy food, too.

My favorite was crescent rolls with PB and chocolate inside with just a touch of home made almond flavored whipped cream.

Here are some raspberries that aren't ready for the decanting process. They still have a few months to go. They were just put in the jar last week.

Some much to taste. Hubs was brave enough to try a piece of fruit. He said it was horrible.

I think our favorite was the peach in rum. I think I may try to make some this summer when peaches are in season.

What did you do on Saturday night?


  1. It's so fun to try stuff like this - we've made honey liquor and homemade wine, will try this as well.

  2. What a fun idea! BTW - I think it's called cheese cloth.

    We stayed in and made homemade pizza last night!

  3. Interesting!! I've been to a vodka bar with a lot if infused vodkas. They were really good!

  4. Ive done the cordial decanting and ohhh it is very yummy, but a lengthy process. Tonight I went to a friends for yummy food and girl talk! It was fun!

  5. That's pretty cool!

    We drove home from my half-marathon last night. :)

  6. That looks like so much fun! My aunt Lucie in Alaska makes her own liqueur. I have some friends that have made their own beer and wine before, but never cordial.