Thursday, 20 December 2012

Homemade Mixed Berry Cordial


Seeing as we've been blessed with gorgeous, summery weather lately, we were inspired to make something that was light and fresh, and that would be the perfect refreshment coming into the warmer season. We came across this easy recipe for Raspberry Cordial a few weeks ago, and have been waiting for an excuse to give it a go. We adapted the recipe slightly by substituting half the raspberries for mixed berries, which was a simple, yet delicious addition. Not only will the syrup go hand-in-hand mixed with sparkling mineral water or lemonade, but its coulis-like consistency will lend itself perfectly to being topped on vanilla ice cream or accompanying some fresh brownies. 


MIXED BERRY CORDIAL

300g frozen raspberries, just thawed (or 150g each of raspberries & mixed berries)
1 cup (215g) caster sugar
Chilled sparkling mineral water, to serve
Crushed ice, to serve


Combine raspberries, mixed berries and sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat. 
Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until sugar dissolves. 
Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. 
Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat.


Place raspberry mixture in a food processor and process until smooth. 
Transfer to a sieve and strain into a medium glass bowl. 
Pour into a sealable bottle.


Pour cordial among glasses, top with sparkling mineral water, ice, and fresh mint.


18 comments:

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    1. Thank you Mili! Yes it was very refreshing :)

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  2. Fresh berries in a summer drink, perfect way to beat the heat! Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Fresh berries are always a must for us when Summer comes around!

      Have a lovely weekend yourself :)

      C&S

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  3. This looks absolutely delicious!!! The photos are beautiful!!! ...and what a perfect gift! Happy Friday!!!

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    1. Thank you very much Carol! You are very kind :)

      We hadn't actually thought about giving the cordial as a gift but that is actually a great idea :)

      Have a great weekend!

      C&S

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  4. This look so good!!!! I love berry drinks. :)

    Thanks for leaving me a comment about the award! You girls are too sweet!

    Happy Holidays!

    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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    1. Thank you! Yes, we love berry drinks too!

      It is our pleasure Sheila!

      Have a lovely Christmas!

      C&S

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  5. I love how festive and quick this is..love! Merry Christmas!!

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    1. It's such a festive drink, perfect for any holiday occasion really!
      We think the cute red and white striped straws are great for Christmas, but hot pink would easily look good!

      Merry Christmas to you too, and Happy New Year!
      C&S

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  6. What a gorgeous refreshing drink and a very festive colour indeed! Merry Christmas Chloe and Sarah!

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    1. It sure is - will definitely be bringing this recipe out during summer's peak!

      Merry Christmas to you too Hester, and a Happy New Year!
      C&S

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  7. I LOVE raspberries and this cordial is my kind of drink!!!! I'd really like a nice cold glass of this...although our weather has been the complete opposite of sunny...so I may well just have to bookmark this recipe and give it a go if the rain ever decides to go away!!! Wishing you a very merry Christmas! :-)

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    1. Us too, and this is a perfect way to enjoy them on a hot day (...other than frozen!).

      That's a bummer, so we hope the weather turns around for you during this festive period!

      Merry Christmas, and a very Happy New Year to you!!!
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  8. These look beautiful and easy to make!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, very easy to make and such a refreshing summer treat :)

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