Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Blackcurrant Cordial - A Taste of Summer



I love this time of year. Hedgerows and allotments are beginning to burst with berries.

And if there's one fruit that reminds me of the allotment of my childhood more than any other, it is the blackcurrant.




 So to celebrate the arrival of these little vitamin C packed globes, I thought I would make a cordial, something like this, the drink of our childhoods.


This is a really easy recipe.  No need to remove the stalks or top and tail them, just a quick shake under the tap and then into the pan!

And the result is a thick, syrupy mixture that can be bottled and mixed with water, lemonade, or you can pretend it's creme de cassis and mix it with something a little stronger.....

Here goes!


Blackcurrant Cordial

Recipe adapted from The British Larder, with a bit of input from the Allotments 4 All Forum, and The Independent (don't judge - I found it via google!)

Makes about 500 ml cordial

500 g blackcurrants
250 g sugar (any except the very darkest brown sugar will work)
250 ml water
One lemon, cut in half

Rinse the blackcurrants. Don't bother to remove the stalks - the mixture will be strained later.

Place them in a large pan with the water and sugar, and stir over a low heat for a few minutes.  Once the sugar has dissolved, add both of the lemon halves, squeezing the juice out of each into the pan as you do. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Sterilise a glass bottle by washing it, immersing it in boiling water, and then placing in an oven set at 140°C for 10 minutes.

Pass the cordial through a sieve or straining cloth into a jug, pressing the mixture with a ladle or large spoon to ensure all the juice is collected.

Pour the cordial into the sterilised bottle and seal.

Once cooled, the cordial can be kept in the fridge.

Dilute the cordial to taste, or about 5:1. It is delicious mixed with iced water, sparkling water, lemonade, or white wine.

And - as if that wasn't enough, you can make raspberry or blackberry cordial in exactly the same way!


42 comments:

  1. This looks delicious and very refreshing, perfect for the summer! :)

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  2. Thank you for posting this recipe! It looks easy enought and you can make it basicaly with whatever fruit you like. Will be great on a hot summer day.

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  3. This looks so refreshing! I love your photos as well! Buzzed it! :D.

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  4. Aaah, blackcurrants - Those elusive things which *never* seem to be on sale here. How I wish I could get my hands on some - I've been hankering after a blackcurrant pie for WEEKS now and can never get any :'(

    The cordial looks wonderful - I never had anything so delicious looking as a child but it sure makes me want to try it now!

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  5. Oh so delicious! I wish I had a glass of this cordial right now! It would really help me to deal with this hot day.

    I hadn't put much thought into cordials until a recent trip to PEI. They sell raspberry cordial in bottles there (it's not very good, to be honest. It would be much better fresh like you've made it) because it was featured in Anne of Green Gables and that's where the stories are set. Now I have cordials on the brain. I have to go find some blackcurrants!

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  6. This look delicious! Don't you just love the deep rich color of blackcurrants? Great drink!

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  7. I love the beautiful picture that you have of this refreshing drink! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! It looks delicious, and beautiful!
    I've never tried anything like this, so I'm going to have to be on a lookout for some blackcurrants.

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  8. I love blackcurrants too. This looks so refreshing and so full of vitamin C.

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  9. I love the rich reddish colour, even thought they are "black"currants :-)

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  10. What a gorgeous drink for summer or anytime of year! Lovely photos!

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  11. Oooh! That looks fabulous. So much better than the icky stuff in the supermarket. Great for lemonade :) Yum!

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  12. I´m catching up with your blog since I haven ´t been reading much lately and yummmmm... everything looks amazing :D I def have to try this one !!

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  13. Ruth! I've never had black currants before except in jam! This drink looks beautiful and refreshing! Going to be scouring the markets for these little gems this weekend! : )

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  14. That looks delicious and refreshing! Serving it with a lemon slice is perfect! It truly is a taste of summer. Buzzed this one - with glee!

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  15. Thank you for sharing, it all looks very delicious to me. I will certainly try. Pretty pictures too!

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  16. Hi, Ruth! This yummy looking drink reminds me of Anne of Green Gables and Marilla's raspberry cordial and red currant wine. Once I see these black currants at my farmers market, I'll be trying your recipe. And, thanks for commenting on my blog. I've added yours to my Google Reader and look forward to reading your future posts!

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  17. What a marvelous way to use the berries. This sounds really great and my family loves flavored tea and lemonade. I've just found something new to please them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  18. This cocktail looks amazing!! I need to pick up some black currants ASAP!

    Sues

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  19. Oooh, I was looking forward to seeing the pictures and recipe! :) This looks SO good! Thank you so much for sharing!!
    Hugs,
    Vanessa

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  20. Wow... this is a great recipe. And your photos are amazing!

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  21. attractive and refreshing
    1st time here nice space do visit and follow

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  22. What a beautiful cocktail. So summery!

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  23. Oh my gosh! This looks amaze! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures!

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  24. We used to make gallons of this stuff back in the day, seemed to last in sterilised lemonade bottles in the cupboard from summer all through to Christmas, or am I misremembering? Did we add in some other kind of preservative? No matter, thanks for this recipe, it looks wonderful.

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  25. hampshirecook - It may well last in the cupboard too, but I didn't want to mislead anyone without having tried it myself. There is a hefty amount of sugar in there, which will ensure it keeps for a while though I think!

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  26. Such a beautiful colour. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find fresh blackcurrants here, but if I ever do manage to get my hands on some I will most definitely be making a batch of this syrup.

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  27. Thanks for dropping by my blog..so nice to meet you!
    That drink looks amazing!
    BTW, followed you in Google Fried Connect

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  28. This sounds so refreshing and amazing! I would love some of this drink in the summer to cool off! Wish I had access to black currants!

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  29. This blackcurrant cocktail is very refreshing and I want the ones of that pictures - no matter here is cold :)

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  30. Dear Ruth, This looks refreshing and delicious. Blessings, Catherine

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  31. Now why, I wonder, have I never made this before? Blackcurrant vodka yes, but next year I must ring the changes and make this instead - or, blackcurrants willing, as well as.

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  32. Even though we are in the midst of 'winter' here in Australia, this sounds truly refreshing and tasty!

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  33. Ruth, are those black currents from your back yard? They look perfect. Your recipe seems delicious just perfect for hot summer days. Thank you for sharing

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  34. It looks so fantastic and makes me wish very badly that we had black currants around here. I just haven't seen them. Am I a tad jealous that you can go out and pick your own? Maybe, yeah.

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  35. I love black currants too but I really wish they were easier to find here in the US. In the UK and in Australia, I could find black currant juice, jam, etc, everywhere but here there is nada... sadness... wish I could have this cocktail!

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  36. Lovely summer drink, I wonder if I would make blackcurrant Sangria

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  37. This looks so refreshing! I love your photos as well

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  38. i have so many blackcurrants this seems to be the perfect recipe, how long do you think i store it in the fridge or can i feeze it?

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  39. I'm not sure whether freezing is an option, although I don't see why not. If kept in the fridge it should be OK for about three weeks.

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