If you think all blackcurrant cordials are the same then you are in for a treat. Homemade blackcurrant cordial is less sweet, fresh tasting, much fruitier and absolutely delicious. It is also really easy to make.
Homemade Blackcurrant Cordial
I was picking the first of my blackcurrants on my allotment when a fellow allotmenteer came up and asked me what I was going to make with them. I told him that I hoped to have enough to make some blackcurrant jam as it’s my favourite jam. As we continued to talk he recommended I tried making my own blackcurrant cordial. I explained that I had thought about it but assumed it wasn’t really worth it as blackcurrant cordial is blackcurrant cordial isn’t it? Apparently not! He assured me it was altogether different and much better!
So when it turned out I had enough blackcurrants to make jam with some to spare I decided I would give it a go. I am so glad I did, as he was right! It is delicious and well worth the effort of making. The resulting drink was so much more refreshing than any blackcurrant cordial I had tasted in the past.
If you have some spare blackcurrants and haven’t made your own cordial before then I urge you to try it. It is very easy. The concentrated cordial will not last as long as commercially made cordial, about 1 month in the refrigerator. In my house it was so popular it was all gone in just over a week so that wasn’t a problem. Having made it once, I will definitely make it again, although it will have to remain a seasonal treat as fresh blackcurrants are only available for a limited time each year, but it will be one to look forward to.
Easy to make refreshing homemade blackcurrant cordial that will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Dilute to taste with still or sparkling water.
- 500 g blackcurrants
- 250 g golden caster sugar
- 300 ml water
- 2 lemons, juice only
Wash the blackcurrants and remove from the stems and place them in a large saucepan. Add the sugar and water, then heat gently stirring until sugar has dissolved.
Continue to cook gently for a few minutes until the blackcurrants are very soft and have begun to burst about 5 minutes.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve or coarse sieve lined with muslin. Allow to stand until all the juice has dripped through.
Pour into sterilised bottles. Seal and allow to cool then chill until required
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