Red Currant Cordial
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Red Currant Cordial

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Ingredients

400 g Red currants
100 g Cherries
180 g Caster sugar
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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.

Preparation:

  1. Rinse the currants, leave them on their stalks but remove any coarse stalks. Wash the cherries.
  2. 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).
  3. Line a sieve with muslin (or use a stand as shown above) and strain the cooked currants.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)

Serving suggestions:

  1. 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.
  2. Use in a salad dressing instead of honey.
  3. Add to the water when boiling root vegetables to give them a little extra sweetness.
  4. Top with boiling water for a pleasant hot winter drink.
  5. Pour over vanilla ice cream.
  6. Dilute with water and freeze to make ice lollies.
  7. Add to sparkling water or sparkling wine to make a delightful summery drink.

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