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Summer Berry Cordial

Summer Berry Cordial

I recently acquired an allotment.  It was a bit overgrown but once I cut back the weeds I found lots and lots of summer berries and rhubarb growing.  Determined not to waste any I researched various ways to use them.  Over these summer holidays I have enjoyed making rhubarb and vanilla jam; gooseberry and lime jam; redcurrant jelly; gooseberry and coconut cake and summer berry cordial.  The cordial has especially gone down well with family and friends and is so easy to make.  It's still packed with sugar but totally preservative free. 


500g soft summer fruits

500g sugar

3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar


  1. Put all of the ingredients in a pan.  Mash over a low heat until smoothi-ish and syrupy.  Pour through a sieve into a clean bowl.

  2. Tip the remaining seeds back into the pan and add 300ml water.  Pour back through the sieve into the bowl.

  3. Meanwhile sterilise the glass bottles by filling with boiling water.  Empty and place in the oven on 150C for 2 minutes until dry.

  4. Pour the cordial mixture into a clean pan place on a high heat and boil for 1 minute.  Using a funnel pour into sterilised bottles

  5. Once cooled place in the refrigerator. Keeps for up to 6 weeks.  Lovely served with a slice of lime, soda and ice.  Also makes a nice ingredient for a vodka cocktail.


My allotment

My allotment

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