Boozy fruit salad. Photo: You Can Count on Me, Flickr
Consider brandied fruit a simpler way than canning to preserve fresh summer fruits for the cold of wintertime. The process involves little more than clean, chopped fruit sitting in a sugared brandy bath, with alcoholic sweetness permeating the entire syrupy concoction.
Depending on what fruits you decide to use -- a medley is great too! -- brandied fruit is surprisingly versatile, pairing well with savory dishes (cheese, cooked poultry) as well as a variety of desserts (topped with ice cream or whipped cream or topping cakes and other baked goods).
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