21st January 2024
Quince fruit in a bowl

Quince Ratafia can be made with Brandy or Vodka, you can get Quince from most supermarkets but a good farm shop may have larger and fresher ones.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 large quinces
  • Granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, ginger and mace
  • brandy or vodka


  • If the only Quinces you can buy are still green, let them ripen until they are yellow. Handle them carefully, as they are easily bruised.
  • Take 2 large quinces. Rub the grey down off them with a cloth, rinse and grate them, peel and core included. Put into a 1-quart bottling jar.
  • Pour in granulated sugar to come about a third of the way up the bottle, add 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, ginger and mace, then fill the bottling jar with brandy or vodka.
  • Leave for a month or two or three, the taste will mellow and become more subtle.

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