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Peach, Honey and Cardamom Wine Cordial

Make this special cordial when fresh peaches are at their best. Serve it in the garden after a summer dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 5 large, ripe peaches, peeled
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup Italian honey
  • 2/3 cup vodka

Directions:

Place the whole peaches in a large glass jar. Add the wine and cardamom pods; the wine should cover the peaches fully. Cover the jar and let stand at room temperature overnight, then refrigerate for 4 days.

Strain the wine into a nonaluminum saucepan. Place over low heat, add the honey and stir just until the honey dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in the vodka.

Ladle the liqueur into a clean glass bottle or jar. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours. Serve chilled. The liqueur will keep for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.
Serves 6 to 8.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, After Dinner, by Kristine Kidd (Time-Life Books, 1998).