Wine Enthusiast 90 points - Thick and concentrated, this deep, dark cordial has an earthy, savory aroma-like dried oregano mixed with blackberries-but the fruit comes forward on the palate. Splash into sparkling wine for an unusual take on a Kir Royale, or pair with a dark chocolate snack. (Nov 2013)
"Handcrafted in small batches in our artisan distillery in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Our cordial is birthed and rooted in a long relationship with the land, honey and elderberries. Perfect on its own or for mixing with seltzer, sparkling wine, or a cocktail, our delicate cordial is a simple expression of nature's bounty." - Producer Notes
|The word Cordial is believed to come from the Latin “Cordalis”, meaning “of the heart”. Cordials are believed to be of European origin and the historical descendants of herbal medicines. Thought to have effects especially for the digestive and circulatory systems, cordials are often referred to as liqueurs and are made by infusing distilled alcohol with fruit, flowers, leaves, nuts, spices, herbs, or cream and a sweetener.
The tradition of drinking cordials at the beginning or end of the meal stands to this day. In Europe, cordials are served as a digestive and to bring warm feelings to the gathering. Served in a small, short cordial glass that typically holds about an ounce and a half to two and a half ounces of liquid, cordials are wonderful served by themselves, poured over ice, or mixed with coffee, cream, or other mixers to create cocktails.
|Caledonia Spirits was established by Todd Hardie with one simple goal: to make spirits out of the best ingredients he can find. Years as a beekeeper and naturalist give Todd a deep respect for our regional agriculture and ecology, and drive him to bring people the best both have to offer. Today Todd works with a network of regional farmers to showcase the beauty of their grains, fruits, and bee hive products in spirit form.