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Our Top Cordial Recipes

Our Top Cordial Recipes

Though it is, technically, still winter, cordials allow us the chance to savour the tastes of summer. Whether you choose to create yours with currants, hard fruits or berries, they can be served warm or cold for the perfect drink all year round. We’ve put together three of our easiest and most delicious cordial recipes to comfort you this winter!

Raspberry

This refreshing drink works warm and cold, so you can make it all year round! Use with store bought blackberries or why not try growing them in your garden?

Ingredients

  • 500g raspberries
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar

Method

  1. Put all ingredients into a pan and mash together over a low heat for 10 minutes, or until smooth and alike to syrup.
  2. Rub through a sieve into a clean pan so that all seeds are left behind.
  3. Pour seeds into a bowl and stir in 300ml water. Run through a sieve again to ensure all pulp has been removed from seeds.
  4. Pour the liquid into a pan along with the sieved pulp, stir and boil for 1 minute.
  5. Put cordial into small, sterilised bottles and seal. They will keep unopened for a few months!

Lemon & Lime

This uplifting, summery cordial is perfect for hot summer days and takes a mere 25 minutes to prep! With a range of different ingredients, this cordial will tantalise your taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp grated lemon rind
  • 2 tsp grated lime rind
  • ¾ cup of lemon juice
  • ¾ cup of lime juice
  • 1 tsp citric acid
  • 1 tsp tartaric acid
  • 1 ½ cups of caster sugar
  • 3 cups boiling water

Method

  1. Place lemon rind and juice, lime rind and juice, citric acid, tartaric acid and sugar into a heatproof bowl and add the boiling water.
  2. Stir mixture together until all sugar has dissolved.
  3. Strain into a heatproof jug, and pour into sterilised, sealed bottles. To serve: We love to serve this with 1/3 cup of cordial to 2/3 iced water with some thinly sliced lemons and lime! So refreshing!

Elderflower

This cordial is simple and fun to make, requiring only 20 minutes prep time and 10 minutes cooking time! With its fragrant and refreshing flavours, elderflower is the perfect drink whether you’d like to serve it hot or cold.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ kg white sugar (granulated or caster)
  • 2 un-waxed lemons
  • 20 fresh elderflower heads, with stalks trimmed
  • 85g citric acid

Method

  1. Put sugar and 1 ½ litres of water into a large saucepan. Gently heat the mixture without boiling, until all sugar has dissolved. (Whilst the sugar is dissolving, zest the lemons, then slice the lemons into rounds).
  2. Once all sugar has dissolved, bring the pan to the boil, then turn off the heat. Fill a bowl with cold water and swish around the elderflower to remove any dirt.
  3. Transfer the elderflowers to the sugar and water syrup along with the lemons, zest and citric acid, then stir well. Cover the pan and leave to infuse for 24 hours.
  4. Line a colander with a clean tea towel, and sit over a large bowl or pan. Ladle in the elderflower syrup, letting it slowly (but surely!) drip through.
  5. Store in small, sterilised bottles. You will be able to drink straight away and will keep in the fridge for around six weeks!

Here at Vigo Presses, we often post delicious cordial recipes and can help to make the process easier with our steamers! Our Steamers extract juice from fruit with steam and is ideal for use with fruits like currants, apples and berries. If you’d like more information on creating your own cordials or what products could help to make it a fun and stress-free experience, get in touch with a member of the team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01404 890093.

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