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August 4, 2016 / mintcustard

Blackberry and lime cordial.

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Blackberry and lime.

The annual blackberry harvest has begun. For as long as I can remember I have loved picking and using blackberries in my cooking. I blame my grandparents. Despite living in London all of their lives, they were great foragers. We never went anywhere without a Tupperware box and walking stick. The box was to collect the blackberries but the walking stick? To pull down the higher brambles to reach the plumpest berries of course. Why not take advantage of nature’s bounty and preserve these wonderful flavours in a cordial.

I have made so many different recipes using blackberries in the past. What to do with the 500g of berries I had sitting in the fridge after a quick 5 minute picking the other day?

I decided on a cordial. Blackberry and lime to be precise. So versatile. Topped up with sparkling water on a warm day, added to a glass of prosecco for an evening in the garden or added to a mug of hot water on a chilly, misty Autumnal morning.

Blackberry and lime cordial.

500g blackberries

zest and juice of 1 lime

350g caster sugar

water

sterilised bottle for the cordial

How to ……

  • Place the blackberries, lime zest and juice in a large pan and place over a low heat for 10 minutes until the berries burst and give up their juice.
  • Allow to cool a little and then strain the juice from the pips into a jug or bowl using a fine sieve. You can push the juice through using a wooden spoon to speed things up.
  • Measure out the blackberry juice and make up to 500ml with water.
  • Pour the juice into a pan and add the sugar. Bring to the boil. Take off the heat and cool. You may need to skim the top of the cordial.
  • Pour the cooling cordial into the sterilised bottle.

Use for cold drinks, hot drinks, sparkling drinks and it tastes great poured over vanilla ice cream too!

 

 

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