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Brilliant blackcurrant cordial

This is the best cordial I have ever tasted, and I am somewhat of a cordial connoisseur! I drink loads of the stuff. This one is so fruity and has the perfect balance of sweetness to tartness. I would definitely recommend having a go. I have made it with blackcurrants (from our garden) and redcurrants (from a stall outside our neighbours house, costing 50p!)

How to make blackcurrant squash

To make this cordial you need 1 pound of black (or red) currants, 8 1/2 oz sugar, zest and juice of 1 lemon, 250ml water.

How to make blackcurrant cordial

Make redcurrant cordial

Put everything in a pan and heat and stir until the sugar has melted. Simmer for 5 minutes, then use a potato masher to mush the berries. Then simply strain the berry mixture through a fine sieve. I used a tea strainer, which worked brilliantly as it has very fine mesh.

Strain the blackcurrants

Pour into sterilised bottles. I have found the cheapest way to buy these glass bottles is when they contain fancy lemonade. For some unknown reason the bottle with the lemonade costs less than the bottle on its own.

Make blackcurrant squash

Look how crazy red the red currant squash is!

Make redcurrant squash

This squash is great, full of vitamins! I keep ours in the fridge and use within a month or so. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do, Jane

One Response to Brilliant blackcurrant cordial

  1. sarah says:

    so cool! its so red, it looks like grenadine!! would be a great gift idea too – i’m definitely going to make this!

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