Half of these lovely heart healing berries went into brandy for a delicious heart tonifying and heartbreak healing elixir. I filled the jar, smashed the fruits and then poured brandy over the whole mess. The fruits must be full of pectin, because the mass has kind of jelled into a thick mass but the red of the skins is bleeding out and turning the whole thing a lovely ruby color. I'll just have to wait and see how it strains out in several weeks. I may add some honey after straining for added sweetness to the tonic, but it may be sweet enough with the fruits alone.
The other half of the berries I've spent a rainy, cold, autumn moring slicing in half and setting to dry in the oven with the light on. I never got around to collecting leaves and flowers for tea, but the fruit harvest makes up for it. I'm looking foward to warm hawthorn berry brews mulled with cinnamon, and cardamom and orange peels during the cold winter months. And looking foward to experimenting more with the new ally over the winter. Hawthorn wasn't something I spent much time using while in Arizona, since it didn't grow nearby and, well, it just didn't call to me in that time and place. But, alas, she has, here and now, and so expect to hear more about the lovely hawthorn over the next few months!