Making Your Own Cordials and Liquors from Scratch

Different sized cordial bottles

The process of making any hard liquor starts by preparing a base of ethanol created through fermentation. Most any sugar can be fermented into a solution of water and alcohol. This liquor base can then be filtered and flavored to make a cordial drink of around 40% proof or 20% alcohol by volume without distilling.

The little brown jug is an icon of the moonshine era

Home Distilling

Cordials are fermented spirits, distilled or not, flavored with fruits and spices.