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Need recipes for "Cordially Yours" liqueur maker (Donivier)

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It's been a while since I used my Cordially Yours liqueur maker, and I've managed to lose the recipe booklet. If anyone out there has one, could you post a few recipes from it? I particularly liked an orange liqueur recipe in the book--other fruit-based recipes would be great too. If I could just see a few recipes, I could probably figure out proportions (sugar/fruit/alcohol) and processing time for other types of liqueurs. Since processing time on the machine goes from 3 hours to 23 hours, I don't want to guess wrong.

Thank you! No one seems to have this product any more. I've googled, searched ebay, and even written the manufacturer, who says the product is too old for anyone to still have the instruction book.

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  1. 1/3 cup orange Zest
    1 Cup sugar
    4 cups cognac or brandy
    Place zest in inner pot. In a pitcher, combine sugar and congnac. Stir until sugar is dessolved. Pour into inner pot. Set timer for 8 Hours.

    1. Funny. I just dug out my Cordially Yours that I bought in the 80s for the first time in...well...decades. I am planning to make some Limoncello to see how it turns out. I don't have a cordially yours recipe for it but I figure I can wing it using the other recipes I have. I do have a recipe book and would be happy to scan it and email it to you. Let me know if you are interested and we can exchange email addresses.

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      1. re: mary0201

        I too have the same cordial maker but lost the manual...
        Could you send me a copy?

        1. re: mary0201

          Do you still have the scanned recipes by any chance? I would be forever in your debt! :)

          1. re: mary0201

            I just found this exchange after searching forever! My parents had one of these that I now have and they used to make wonderful cordials, but I have no idea how to use the blasted thing! Do you still possibly have the scanned pages that you could send to me too??? Do they explain how to use the cordial maker? Thanks soooo soooo much for any time you can give me : )

            1. re: mary0201

              Hi Mary,
              I just acquired the Cordially Yours but unfortunately it didn't have the recipe / instruction manual with it. I know it's two years later....lol...but do you still have it scanned and available?

              1. re: mary0201

                Mary,
                I love my cordially yours but alas I too have lost my recipe book. I realize this is many moons since this was posted but was wondering if you still have your book? I made the Raspberry Liquore and it is fabulous esp warm from the maker. Have made gifts using this priceless machine. Any recipes would be much appreciated. Thanks, Karen

              2. hi, just bought my 2nd one off craig's list ... just by chance... two books you may want to track down are: cordials from your kitchen, by patty vargas, and homemade liqueurs , by dona meilach. what i do is use the basic recipes and adjust the "cooking " times. i also have the original book, which is limited, if you would like the basics !!! p.s.....it is FUN !!!! ab

                1. Qu'est-ce que c'est this cordial maker? What does it do that you can't do by just infusing vodka or brandy?

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                  1. re: rainey

                    Apologies for the late reply. The cordial maker maintains a very low heat for a lot of hours, which aids in infusing the flavors (fruits, peels, herbs, whatever). Using a stovetop runs the risk of overheating and damaging the liqueur. Using this very low heat makes the flavors are a bit more intense. It also speeds the process a bit, though the finished product still needs to sit for a while. Orange brandy comes out really great.

                    1. re: TMPM75

                      Could you replicate similar with a pot in the oven on a low temp overnight? (What temp ranges would you be talking about?)

                    2. re: rainey

                      Rainey, it does it overnight.

                    3. Does anyone know where I might be able to get replacement parts? i've been using mine for years and the interior container is starting to leak. (It's been used dozens if not hundreds of times.

                      In general, recipes are 3 cups vodka, 2 cups fruit, 2 cups sugar.

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                      1. re: mohnkern

                        I have the cordially yours machine with recipe/iinstruction booklet on sale for $49.99 on ebay.http://cgi.ebay.com/Donvier-Cordially...

                        It is in mint condition. Get it before it is gone. Only one available

                      2. This rare little appliance is wonderful. I found one in a thrift shop brand-new with documentation nearly 20 years ago and when my friends tried to find one like it (new) they couldn't. We were told that liqueur manufacturers had successfully lobbied to keep them out of the US since with Cordially Yours you can make about a quart of good liqueur for a couple of bucks. I also once saw it in a catalog, I want to say Hammacher-Schlemmer but I am not certain. I have the recipe book at hand. ORANGE LIQUEUR: 1/3 cup orange zest, 1 cup sugar, 4cups cognac or brandy. Place zest in inner pot. In a pitcher, combine sugar and cognac. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour into inner pot. Set timer for 8 hours. Now here are a few more. Method is the same so I will just list ingredients and time. PEACH LIQUEUR: 3 cups peeled and sliced peaches, 2 1/4 cups vodka, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 8 hours. RASPBERRY LIQUEUR: 1 pint fresh raspberries or 3 cups whole raspberries frozen without sugar, 3 cups vodka, 2 cups sugar, 8 hours. STRAWBERRY LIQUEUR: 4 cups fresh strawberries or 1-lb bag whole berries frozen without sugar, 2 cups vodka, 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar, 8 hours. Our attempts at Hazelnut and Almond failed miserably, but this next one was a winner, very good on ice cream and oft-repeated---CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR: 2 16-oz cans Hershey Syrup and 2 cups vodka, 8 hours. One more, CITRUS MEDLEY LIQUEUR: 3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice, 3/4 cup fresh orange juice, 3tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 3/4 cup brandy, 3/4 cup vodka, 1 1/2 cups sugar, zest of 1/2 orange, zest of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 vanilla bean, 4 hours. The booklet's intro says it was made by NIKKAL INDUSTRIES LTD, PO Box 2636, Virginia Beach VA 23450, President James H Kabler III, in case anybody wants to sleuth down a source---but we were told these machines came in Japan, so I don't know. Also the name Donvier is on the book. A real sweetheart of a gadget (for those who don't know what we are talking about, Cordially Yours uses infrared rays (converting from household current) to make aged-tasting liqueurs from common household ingredients in just a few hours). TMPM75---Let me know if you want the general instructions and safey caveats.

                        1. Gosh, it looks like a bunch of us have the Cordial maker but no manual! How did we all loose it??!! I too would like copy of the manual. I received the maker from a friend and now have no instructions. That was back in the 80's also! Could you email me and I will give you my address + $ for copy and mailing! Thanks so much--Jean

                          1. I found my manual so if any one wants copies just let me know....

                            [NOTE: cindyhl has generously posted pictures of the entire manual below, at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5732.... Check it out! - The Chowhound Team]

                            1. OK everyone, attached are photos of the recipe book, I figure as this is no longer sold and 20 years old its ok to include it here....have fun!