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Many of the oldest liqueurs were once medicinal cordials used to cure all sorts of ailments. Chartreuse is a perfect example; its secret recipe originated in 1605 and produced by French monks who remain in control of its production today.



Cordial shares the Latin root cor with concord (meaning "harmony") and discord (meaning "conflict"). Cor means "heart," and each of these cor descendants has something to do with the heart, at least figuratively. Concord, which comes from con- (meaning "together" or "with") plus cor, suggests that one heart is with another. Discord combines the prefix dis- (meaning "apart") with cor, and it implies that hearts are apart. When cordial was first used in the 14th century, it literally meant "of or relating to the heart," but this sense has not been in use since the 17th century. Today anything that is cordial, be it a friendly welcome, a compliment, or an agreement, comes from the heart in a figurative sense.

Cherries, covered in chocolate with a liquid cordial center make for a delicious combination sure to please even the most persnickety chocolate lovers. Our chocolate covered cherries with cordial center can be shipped anywhere in the United States. With new designs every month, we have a cherry cordial design for everyone.

Our tiered gift collections are full of beautiful chocolates including our designer chocolate covered cordial cherries, dark chocolate truffles, chocolate satin fudge, and our gourmet original cordial cherries with liquid centers.

Our Nurse and Teacher Appreciation Gifts are just a couple of the designer cordial cherries and truffles we make for any number of professions. These adorable chocolates will definitely make your employee feel appreciated and with delivery they can arrive at home or the office.

The Cordial Cherry specializes in beautiful and unique chocolate gifts and we have a number of options when it comes to customizing your corporate, client, employee, or family gifts. In many cases we can incorporate a logo or custom message on our chocolates, truffles, and cordial cherries. We also have custom packaging and gift tag options.

Need something unique and beautiful to dress up your Christmas cookie tray? Our Santas, Elves, and Snowman chocolate covered cordial cherries or truffles create a very festive look to any platter of cookies and Christmas treats.

People love watching us make our chocolate covered cordial cherries. If you visit our shop, on any given day, you can see us dipping cherries, sculpting them, painting and decorating them. Its a truly interactive chocolate I wanted those...

A cordial is any invigorating and stimulating preparation that is intended for a medicinal purpose. The term derives from an obsolete usage. Various concoctions were formerly created that were believed to be beneficial to one's health, especially for the heart (cor in Latin).[1]

Most cordials were of European origin, first produced in Italian apothecaries during the Renaissance, where the art of distilling was refined during the 15th and 16th centuries. It is from this origin that cordials are frequently referred to in French as Liqueurs d'ltalie, it is also from this that we have liqueurs. From the Renaissance onwards, cordials were usually based on alcohol in which certain herbs, spices or other ingredients were allowed to steep. The first cordials arrived in England in the late 15th century and were called distilled cordial waters. These were strictly used as alcoholic medicines, prescribed in small doses to invigorate and revitalise the heart, body and spirit as well as cure diseases. By the 18th century cordials were being imbibed for their intoxicating effects and medicinal virtues, and were fast becoming recreational drinks, eventually evolving into liqueurs.

Cordials were used to renew the natural heat, recreate and revive the spirits, and free the whole body from the malignity of diseases.[2] Many cordials were also considered aphrodisiacs, a view which encouraged their consumption in a social as opposed to a medical context. Other early varieties of alcoholic cordials were flavoured with spices and herbal ingredients which were thought to settle the stomach after excessive eating. These cordials were called Surfeit Waters, which were specifically created for treating overindulgence.

Lucy Pevensie, a pivotal character in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, was, as Queen Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, gifted a bottle of magical cordial by Father Christmas along with her dagger, prior to the Battle of Berunia. The cordial was said to be made from the juice of Fire-Flowers that grew in the mountains of the sun, with a single drop curing almost any illness or injury, bringing people back from the brink of death in some cases. The use of the word "cordial" by the author was archaic even at the time.

These early cordials were frequently flavored with herbs and seasonings and made sweet with honey or other sweeteners. Cordials were used for medicinal purposes in medieval Europe because it was thought that they had healing qualities.

Fruit Cordials: These cordials have a variety of flavors, from citrusy limoncello to sweet peach schnapps, and they are prepared with fresh or dried fruit. The most widely consumed fruit cordials include cherry, raspberry, and strawberry.

Nut Cordials: These cordials have a rich, nutty taste and are made with nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, or walnuts. Spices like cinnamon or vanilla are also used to enhance some nut cordials.

Herbal Cordials: These cordials have a fragrant, fresh taste and are made with herbs like mint, thyme, or rosemary. Additionally, some herbal cordials contain blossoms like elderflower or lavender.

Coffee and Chocolate Cordials: These rich, decadent cordials are prepared with either coffee or chocolate. Spices like nutmeg or cinnamon are also used to enhance some coffee cordials.

Cordials can be used as a drink mixer, yes. In addition to adding sweetness and taste to a beverage, they can also be used to counteract the bitterness of other ingredients like citrus or bitters. The Margarita, Mai Tai, and Cosmopolitan are a few well-known drinks that use cordials.

c. 1400, "of or pertaining to the heart" (a sense now obsolete or rare, replaced by cardiac), from Medieval Latin cordialis "of or for the heart," from Latin cor (genitive cordis) "heart," from PIE root *kerd- "heart." Meaning "heartfelt, proceeding from the heart as the supposed seat of kindly feelings" is from mid-15c. Related: Cordiality. 041b061a72


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