Rather than buy plastic-wrapped bottles of fruit squash (most have yukky-tasting artificial sweeteners or too much refined sugar), why not have a go at making your own? Ideal for summer days of tennis or croquet on the lawn, these fruit cordials don’t have a huge amount of nutrition from fruit, but are good to use up a glut of seasonal produce, and also a good way to get water into the tummies of those who refuse to drink it!
Classic Elderflower Cordial (Anna Banana) is perfect for hot days. It has a floral taste (a bit like those sugared almonds you may have enjoyed as a child). Many people mix this with sparkling water, as a non-alcoholic alternative to a white wine spritzer. It’s also good in cocktails and baked goods.
Some people (like pregnant women) are best ensuring fruit is pasteurised, to avoid harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning. To sterilise bottles, wash and rinse thoroughly, then baked in a preheated oven, and avoid touching them while pouring in the drinks. Leave a little gap at the bottle neck, before replacing the lid. Learn more on how to safely sterilise glass bottles and jars.
Homemade Wild Blackberry Cordial (K33 Kitchen) is a 2-in-1 recipe. As well as making the cordial, you also make some wild blackberry jam at the same time. Ideal to use up a glut of produce, when in season.
Easy Cherry Cordial (The Veg Space) uses frozen gluts of any fruits you wish – raspberries, blueberries or anything else is ideal for this colourful drink.
Lemon Verbena & Vanilla Cordial is a lovely refreshing drink for grownups, with edible flowers. A cooling drink for hot days.