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Cherry Cordial or is it Cherry Squash?

Cordial copy

Two weeks ago I made a syrup from concentrating Homemade Cherry Juice. And I was looking for what to call it. I was calling it cordial, but then somebody asked me if it was squash. And I got confused. The definitions on the left are the two standard ones I have found.

SquashI was under the impression that a cordial was made from a syrup which is then diluted whereas squashes are concentrated fruit juices which you then dilute. I must admit, though, that searches on the net have actually made the difference between the two less clear, rather than more.

I am hoping to make more with other fruits as the season goes on and some will contain things other than fruit. So I believe I will call them Cordial.

CherryDrink copyFor the last 2 markets, we have been taking Cherry Lemon-limeade, made with the cordial and selling by donations. At the last market, we got 20 pounds cherries from Dave Evens. It has been VERY hot here and I did not get to them until Monday morning. Because of the heat, they were over ripe for jamming. I made more cordial.

CherryCordialOut of the 20 pounds of cherries I started with, after cleaning and culling out the soft and mushy ones, I had 14 pounds of cherries, I bagged 12 cups (unpitted) and dumped the rest into a deep pot, covered with water and began cooking them.

After the liquid was reduced by 1/3, I strained and measured the juice. I ended up 18 cups of juice. For each 2 cups pf juice, I added 3/4 cup of sugar and brought to a boil and simmered for another 1/2 hour.

I then poured the syrup into 250ml, sterilized jars and canned for 10 minutes.

We will have it for sale at the next market.

Black Cherry Drink Recipes


Black Cherry Soda

Fill, preferably a Mason Jar (or 2 cup glass) with ice. Add 3-4 tablespoons of cherry cordial. Pour club soda in and stir. Look at what a pretty layered drink this Black Cherry Soda recipe makes before you stir it.

Black Cherry Limeade

  1. Pour lime concentrate into a 2 quart pitcher.
  2. Add 3 cans of water.
  3. Stir till dissolved.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of cherry syrup to the pitcher and stir.
  5. Serve over ice.

Black Cherry Royale

Hard Apple Cider
1 1/2 ounce American Fruits Cherry Cordial
Pour Cordial in Champagne flute.
Add Champagne or Cider.

Black Cherry Vodka Martini

1 ounce vodka
3 ounces tart cherry juice
*optional 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Gran Gala, Triple Sec)

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel. During cherry season, garnish with a fresh stemmed cherry.