Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mixed Berry Cordial

A cordial is a wonderful thing to have at a party or dinner because let's face it... Not everyone drinks at parties. Depending on what's going on, guests may be on diets, cleanses, pregnant or refraining for other various personal reasons, so it's great to offer something special to drink for them as well that doesn't require alcohol. Not only that, but a cordial is just as lovely in a glass of iced sparkling water as it is in a cold glass of bubbly, which makes it a good choice for both those who are indulging and those who are not. However it's enjoyed, it's a little something special and this one is delicious!

Though I haven't yet tried it, I imagine this berry-licious cordial taste amazing poured over vanilla ice cream or a scoop of lemon sorbet. If you're lucky enough to have leftovers, this would also come in handy for cocktail making should you feel like exercising your mixology muscle. 

Making this cordial is as easy as can be if you have a little time before you need it to make it and allow it to cool. When poured into a lovely bottle, it makes a really nice host & hostess gift for parties you're attending.

500g frozen mixed berries
275g caster sugar

1. Add the frozen berries, sugar and 300ml of water to a large pot with a lid on low heat and stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved completely.

2. Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered for 5 minutes.

3. After simmering, remove the lid, stir and take the pot off the heat. Leave to cool slightly for about 15 or 20 minutes. Then strain into a bowl or pitcher to cool further.

4. Pour the cordial into a sterilized bottle or jar. To serve, pour 1 part cordial into 3 parts sparkling water with ice or 1 part cordial into 3 parts Champagne or Prosecco.

5. Store the cordial in the refrigerator and drink within 1 week.

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