A couple of friends of mine and I are in the Society for Creative Anachronism, SCA for short. In case you aren't familiar with the SCA, I'll introduce it to you in a similar way as someone summarized it here on CH years ago: One of the main draws (and certainly the most noticeable part) of the SCA is to don medieval-style armor (or at least a reasonable facsimile of it), meet other similarly dressed people out on a big field, and then beat each other with sticks. This is done for the purpose of recreating medieval combat. At the biggest events (called Wars), there can be hundreds of people on the field at the same time, quite possibly over a thousand (you try counting 'em!). It's unreal. There's no way to describe the spectacle of it; to call it a Renaissance Festival on steroids doesn't even come close. Anyway... on to my pressing question looking for some Chowhoundish creativity!
After a long day's battle at the Estrella War on the outskirts of Phoenix, there are a great many weary warriors in search of rejuvenation. Many of the various houses pride themselves on their sundry forms of liquid rejuvenation. It's easy enough to find the usual suspects like cherry, blackberry, and raspberry. We're all sitting around trying to figure out what to do for creative cordials that will get people to sit up, take notice, and absolutely BEG us to tell them how to make it. Well, at the very least, we'd like them to smile and say "Hey, this is really good!"
One challenge is that we would like to keep these at least a little thematic; tropical fruit as primary flavor is a definite no-go, which is especially maddening after some fond reminiscing of the heavenly pineapple-basil agua fresca I had at Cafe Poca Cosa in Tucson. Thankfully, for herbs and spices there is a good bit more creative license; if there's, say, lemongrass as a background flavor and someone asks what's in the cordial, we can always just smile sweetly and say it's a closely guarded recipe. I'm already thinking of doing a blackberry-sage cordial, what other combinations have you seen that my friends and I would swoon over?
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