Ratafia is not for Sissies! — 6 Comments

  1. I’ve heard of Ratafia before and never knew what it WS. It mind of sounds like it was similar to my grandfather’s homemade Schnapps. I think if the males had tried it they might have switched….glad they didn’t. The gsls had their secrets too. Thanks for the recipes.

  2. Having always read about ratafia, I never knew what it was and am surprised I never bothered to look it up. I always assumed it was a sweet non-alcoholic drink. Thanks for the lesson. I’d love to try some!

  3. Sounds like an interesting drink. I do like a nice brandy but not sure if this might be a bit sweet for me, with or without the cyanide!

    It’s somewhat similar to the sloe gin my husband makes every year. Sloes are the fruit from the shrub commonly known as blackthorn or Prunus spinosa. We have a hedge of it in our garden and I gather it’s been naturalised in some parts of eastern North America, too. The fruit is picked, slashed with a sharp knife and steeped in a solution of gin and sugar for two to three months. The sweetness of the final product depends on the amount of sugar used, obviously. We made three different ones last year, the least sweet being for me!

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