Loren does most of the beer/wine/mead and Anja the infused cordials, but we work together on most of this. More will be added to this page.

Pear and Herb Cordials entered at the Egil’s brewing competition ASLIV. (….well, they were supposed to be…..)

5-5-19 – Late on Thursday (5/2) we started a couple of cordials. Recipes are below for an Herb (more a spice) Cordial and a Pear Cordial.

Friday 5/3 – On Friday Anja cut two of the pears, discovering that they were still very hard. She also discovered that the recipe wasn’t going to fit in a quart jar, so they had to find another of the 1/2 gallons, and then that there wasn’t going to be enough liquid. A splash that got tasted also told her that there was too much zest compared to spices & sweet, so that was going to have to get adjusted. …and supper was the pancakes and cheese!


Herb Cordial – http://www.godecookery.com/begrec/begrec67.htm

  • PERIOD: Modern | SOURCE: Contemporary Recipe | CLASS: Not Authentic
  • DESCRIPTION: A cordial of honey and spices

Ingredients (We doubled the recipe and it fit in an 1/2 gallon jar)

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups 100-proof vodka (used rum)
  • 1 whole nutmeg, broken
  • 7 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 3 whole allspice
  • peel of 1/2 lemon
  • peel of 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, broken


  1. Simmer all but rum for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour into glass container along with rum.
  3. Let stand 3 weeks.
  4. Strain through cheese cloth and leave until clear.

Pear Cordial – http://www.godecookery.com/begrec/begrec68.htm

  • PERIOD: Modern | SOURCE: Contemporary Recipe | CLASS: Not Authentic
  • DESCRIPTION: A cordial of pears and spices

Ingredients (Single recipe requires an 1/2 gallon jar)

  • 3 fresh pears
  • 1 orange
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. whole coriander (doubled)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (doubled)
  • 1 whole peppercorn (subbed 1 tsp ginger and doubled))
  • 2 cups rum
  • 2 cups sugar, dissolved in 1/2 cup water


  1. Remove seeds and dice pears. (pears added day 1 & ??)
  2. Put in a glass jar along with spices and peel from 1 orange (avoid the white pith).
  3. Add rum, cover, and leave for 2 weeks.
  4. Strain through cheese cloth and add sugar solution.
  5. Leave until clear.
Pear cordial with more pears added and flipped.

5-12-19 – The cordials are being flipped twice a day. Rum got added to the pear (since there wasn’t enough liquid) on Tuesday.

5-26-19 – Early in the week one of the cordials was in the last stages of filtering.

Cordials – These went to the event, but never got to the judging. At the current time, they’re still in Eugene.

9-15-19 (Shrewsbury demo) – Thanks to Alan I had my liqueurs. The pear was the one more people liked, although the herb one was my fave, since it resembles becherovka.

Yes, we drank almost all of ’em up!

6-16-19 – We got the dehydrator going on the lees of the cordials that got made back in May. The dehydrated stuff from the cordials started getting ground on Saturday, but the grinder broke. (These were eventually finished on 7/20 and used during the fall to make teas.)

From 11-10-19 – Anja started the pear & herb liqueurs on Thursday. On Friday they got the booze added and the herbs and spice one cooked and then added a jar of rummy orange and lemon slices.

l-r Pear, Herb, Rumtopf

11/17/19 – The liqueurs were being shaken all week.

Btw, as far as we can tell Rumtopf is *not* period, but it’s highly likely that something of the sort was being made as soon as distilled spirits showed up.



12/15/19 – Liqueurs…. straining and bottling took all afternoon, and one was still straining at suppertime. Two small bottles were put by to age and for competitions and then rest was put by for over the holidays.

From A QUEENS Delight, 1671 – A Cordial Water of Sir_ Walter Raleigh. – Take a gallon of Strawberries, and put them into a pint of  Aqua vitæ, let them stand for four or five days, strain them gently out, and sweeten the water as you please with fine Sugar; or else with perfume.

11/5/16 – A strawberry liqueur

Some links

A link to the House Capuchin 2014 and earlier page on brewing. https://wp.me/p4yKTJ-3j

Basic Liqueurs and Cordials – http://www.greydragon.org/library/cordials.htm

Page published 5/22/19 (C)M. Bartlett
Last update 2/10/20