Cordial Cherry Water
Nine pounds of the best red cherries, nine pints of claret, eight ounces
of cinnamon, three ounces of nutmegs; bruise your spice, stone your
cherries, and steep them in the wine; then add to them half a handful of
rosemary, half a handful of balm, and one quarter of a handful of sweet
marjoram. Let them steep in an earthen pot twenty-four hours, and, as
you put them into the alembic to distil them, bruise them with your
hands; make a gentle fire under them, and distil by slow degrees. You
may mix the waters at your pleasure when you have drawn them all.
Sweeten it with loaf sugar; then strain it into another glass vessel,
and stop it close that the spirits may not escape.