With this year’s blackcurrant crop, we decided to try making a cordial.
We loosely followed the recipe for Family ‘Beena from the River Cottage book of preserves, though added much less sugar than the recipe suggested.
After boiling up the fruit with water, we rigged up a Heath Robinson contraption to strain the juice through a cotton cloth; using tins from the cupboard to hold the cloth taut across the top of a glass bowl. Who needs an elaborate device and muslin jelly bag? Hmm, perhaps we do…
Still, we collected about 650ml of strained liquid overnight, to which we added 150g sugar to make our cordial.
Diluted 1 to 5 parts, this made a wonderfully refreshing drink; neither too sweet nor too sharp. Definitely something to try again.