This berry and rose cordial is a delicious pop of fresh flavour, and the addition of the citrus juice adds a zingy note too, which I love – perfect for a cooling fizz with sparkling water, or prosecco – extra fancy points if you pop a few whole berries and few fresh mint leaves into the glass too!
For Kids why not pour in some fizzy lemonade, and some of those berries for a grown up looking mocktail they will love!
I find this is a great gift to take to summer BBQs or parties too!
Makes 500ml cordial, to dilute 1 part cordial 3 parts water or prosecco
450g summer berries – I like a mix of raspeberries and strawberries
200g caster sugar
100ml freshly squeezed lime juice
100ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp rose water
1. Wash the berries well and put in a large pan with the sugar, lemon and lime juice and 300ml water. Bring to a simmer – stirring every now and then and then simmer for 10 minutes uncovered, you will know its ready when the fruit softens and breaks and all the sugar dissolves.
2. Strain through a sieve over a bowl to get rid of any seeds, make sure to press down into the sieve with the back of a spoon to get as much juice and flavour out as possible.
3. Stir the rose water in then cover and cool for a few hours
4. Transfer the cold cordial to sterilised bottles and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!