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Our Top Cordial Recipes

Our Top Cordial Recipes

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.

Below are some super yummy and incredibly easy cordial recipes you can try at home. 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 refresh you during these sunny days.

Rhubarb Cordial

A refreshing cordial that takes 10 minutes to prep. Use up a glut of fresh rhubarb and make the most of summer

Ingredients

  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • Zest and juice 1 orange
  • Zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 450g rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 slice fresh root ginger, peeled

Method

  1. Put the sugar in a large saucepan with 300ml water. Bring to a simmer then add the zest and juice of both the orange and the lemon along with the rhubarb and the ginger.
  2. Cook the mixture over a medium heat until the rhubarb is falling apart.
  3. Pour the mixture through a sieve lined with muslin into a clean heatproof jug then transfer

Blackcurrant Cordial

This uplifting, summery cordial is perfect for hot summer days and takes a mere 10 minutes to prep! With only 3 ingredients, this cordial will tantalise your taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • Zest and juice 2 lemons
  • 450g blackcurrants

Method

  1. Put the sugar in a large saucepan with 300ml water. Bring to a simmer then add the lemon zest and juice followed by the blackcurrants. Cook the mixture over a medium heat until the blackcurrants start to soften and burst.
  2. Pour the mixture through a sieve lined with muslin into a clean, heatproof jug then transfer to sterilised bottles. Keeps in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  3. Serve approx. 25ml of cordial per 100ml sparkling or still water, or dilute to taste.

Elderflower Cordial

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!

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