Hawthorn Cordial

This hawthorn cordial recipe combines the nourishing qualities of hawthorn with delicious spices that help digestion. Enjoy in small amounts after an evening meal. Hawthorne berries have traditionally been used in herbal medicine to improve heart health and circulation. 

 What you’ll need... 

  • 1 cup dried hawthorn berries (80 grams) 

  • 1 apple, chopped, seeds removed 

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 

  • 3 cardamom pods, crushed 

  • 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 

  • 1 cinnamon stick 

  • zest of 1 lemon 

  • 2 tablespoons dried hibiscus 

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened 100% pomegranate juice 

  • 1/2 cup honey, or to taste 

  • 2 cups brandy


1) Place all of the herbs, spices, and fruit in a 1-quart jar. 

2) Add the pomegranate juice and honey, then fill the jar the rest of the way with brandy (approximately 2 cups). 

3) Infuse this for 1-4 weeks, shaking often. Strain. This can be stored in a dark, cool location and is best consumed within 1 year. 

Shared with me by one of my students.