serves 6 to 8
- 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3 cups dandelion blossoms (yellow and white parts only)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups vodka
- Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from lemon, and cut into matchstick-size strips. Reserve lemon for another use.
- Bring water and blossoms to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing solids. Discard blossoms.
- Add sugar. Stir to dissolve, returning to pan and warming over low heat if necessary. Add lemon zest and vodka. Pour into a resealable jar, and seal tightly.
- Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, stirring or shaking every few days. Serve cold, stirring well just before pouring.
From mid-Spring to mid-Summer little specks of gold grace the naturally carpeted ground of Paradise Basin. Can you guess what they are? Yup! That's right, dandelions. For awhile now I've heard about both dandelion wine and cordials and so I finally decided to give it a try.
I think it took me about an hour to gather the three cups of dandelions. While picking these flowers I was crouched on the ground like a frog ready to make a leap. About every other second or so I was needed elsewhere (the kids) and so I'd run back and forth to the frog jump position to nitpick the dandelions until I had the required three cups.
I quickly discovered that vodka was needed to make the cordials and I didn't have any on hand. Later that day I went to the grocery store to buy the vodka. I did my usual shopping and while at the checkstand I realized that I had forgotten the vodka! Nobody was behind me and so I asked if I could grab two items (she was still ringing me up). So I ran as fast as I could to grab the vodka. They were having a sale on the larger bottle so I purchased that one and then it occurred to me that I was running low on Pull-Ups and so I grabbed a pack of those on my way back.
Upon returning the checker was still ringing up my groceries so I felt relieved that nobody was waiting. I set down the vodka and diapers and they just looked at me in a funny way. They stopped chatting amongst each other and it got quiet. I said, " Oh, yeah I'm making a dandelion cordial. So you need vodka for that." Then the checker smiled and looked at me in a confused sort-of-way and said, " why are you making that?". I just shrugged my shoulders and smiled.
I'm not a huge fan of hard alcohol, thus I was a little shocked when three cups of vodka was needed for the cordial. But then that's what makes a cordial, isn't it? Well, I'm not so sure, actually. Follow me, let's jump in the Magic Mixer (come on we need to have some fun) and find out what exactly a "cordial" is. Since I'm taking the time to make this mysterious drink I think it deserves a proper introduction.
Okay, we have arrived in the land of Wikipedia. Aren't these old bottles cool?