400 g Red currants
100 g Cherries
180 g Caster sugar
Fruit cordials are especially popular in Sweden and, although they are easy to buy in supermarkets, there is nothing quite like a homemade cordial, especially if it is made with fruit that you have picked yourself.
- Rinse the currants, leave them on their stalks but remove any coarse stalks. Wash the cherries.
- Put the berries and cherries (for a little extra colour and sweetness) in a saucepan and add 120 ml (½ cup) of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer until the berries have burst (about ten minutes).
- Line a sieve with muslin (or use a stand as shown above) and strain the cooked currants.
- Return the juice to the saucepan and add the sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 3 minutes. Remove any scum from the surface with a spoon.
- Pour the hot liquid through a funnel into a sterilised bottle. (Sterilise by washing and then placing in an oven at 120°C for 5 minutes.)
- Dilute to taste with cold water, about 1 part cordial to 8 parts water. Serve with lots of ice and garnished with mint if desired.
- Use in a salad dressing instead of honey.
- Add to the water when boiling root vegetables to give them a little extra sweetness.
- Top with boiling water for a pleasant hot winter drink.
- Pour over vanilla ice cream.
- Dilute with water and freeze to make ice lollies.
- Add to sparkling water or sparkling wine to make a delightful summery drink.