We have brandied several fruits, from strawberries to apples. Our experience with apples is that even after a year the apples are just as crispy as they were when we first brandied them. However, the apples have absorbed the alcohol and tastes just like the alcohol we used to preserve it. Depending on your tastes and uses this can be a good or a bad thing.
For the apples we just mixed everything together.
The Strawberries are more like a strawberry shortcake sauce (and it tastes great on shortcake), and did not pick up as much of the alcohol flavor. However, when we did the strawberries, we cooked them a little on the stove first.
- 1 c. brandy (we used white whiskey)
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. fruit (sliced)
- Mix brandy sugar and fruit
- Place in airtight jar for at least 2 weeks