December 18, 2006

Cordial Cookery

The recipes below and the suggestions of cordial/fruit combinations come from the recipe booklet A Collection of Cordial Cookery Recipes Featuring Hiram Walker Cordials (not dated, 24 pp).

Clues to the date of publication are the mention of the return of the chafing dish, the instructions for flambeing and the number of flambe recipes found inside. Some of the drinks in the booklet are the Black Pepper, the Zombie, the Pink Squirrel and the White Lily Cocktail.

The center two pages of the booklet show illustrations of thirty-two different bottles of Hiram Walker liqueurs, brandies, cordials and other cocktail ingredients. Since this booklet is printed on a newsprint-quality paper, the illustrations appear similar to those you would find in a newspaper advertisement or liquor store flyer.

The holidays are always a nice time to add a little extra zing to your dishes that you're serving your guests.

"The use of cordials in cookery allows you to use your imagination and daring in cooking. The only thing you really need remember is to match the Cordial to the food."

Here are the Cordial Companions for Fruit suggested by Hiram Walker, Inc.:

  • Anisette: Fresh pineapple, oranges, peaches, pears
  • Apricot Brandy: Apricots, peaches, melon, oranges, plums
  • Blackberry Brandy: Melon, peaches, pears, plums, grapefruit
  • Cherry Brandy: Berries, melon, cherries, pineapple, pears
  • Curacao: Berries, oranges, apricots, grapefruit, peaches
  • Creme De Cacao: Bananas, pears
  • Creme De Menthe: Pineapple, grapefruit, pears, pomegranates
  • Ginger Brandy: Oranges, peaches, pears, baked apples
  • Peach Brandy: Peaches, pears, oranges, pineapple, tangerines
  • Peppermint Schnapps: Same as Creme de Menthe
  • Triple Sec: Same as Curacao
Recipes with a little something extra:


6 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1-1/4 cups evaporated milk
1/4 cup Hiram Walker Orange Curacao

Blend sugar, salt, spices, syrup and eggs. Add pumpkin, milk and Orange Curacao. Pour into pie shell, bake at 425-degree oven about one hour, or until done.

4 sweet potatoes
6 oranges, halved
3 oz. Hiram Walker Curacao
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. powdered cinnamon
salt and pepper

Bake sweet potatoes in oven until tender. Remove pulp and mash, add Hiram Walker Curacao, butter, cinnamon, salt, pepper. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Remove pulp from the oranges and fill shells with the yam mixture. Bake 15 minutes in 400-degree oven.

Some quick fixings:


Fill 2-inch pieces of celery with cream cheese, softened with Hiram Walker Apricot Flavored Brandy, and add drained, crushed pineapple.


1/2 pt. mayonnaise
2 to 4 ounces of any of the Hiram Walker Cordials

Mix thoroughly, and if you wish, add a little more of the Cordial of your choosing.


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