Blackcurrant cordial

Blackcurrant cordial

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins - 6 mins


makes 600ml

This easy recipe is a great way to use up a pick-your-own glut of blackcurrants and makes a refreshing summer drink

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per 25ml

  • kcal46
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre0.3g
  • protein0.1g
  • salt0g
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  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • zest and juice 2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 450g blackcurrants



    The most intensely coloured and flavoured of all currants, blackcurrants are highly aromatic and…


  1. Put the sugar in a large saucepan with 300ml water. Bring to a simmer then add the lemon zest and juice followed by the blackcurrants. Cook the mixture over a medium heat until the blackcurrants start to soften and burst.

  2. Pour the mixture through a sieve lined with muslin into a clean, heatproof jug then transfer to sterilised bottles. Keeps in the fridge for up to 1 month.

  3. Serve approx. 25ml of cordial per 100ml sparkling or still water, or dilute to taste.

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3rd Jul, 2020
Really delicious cordial! I used less sugar as I don't have a very sweet tooth (200g instead of 300g). The addition of the lemon really adds to the wonderful flavour of the currants.
2nd Jul, 2020
Made this today, put the sugar in after straining it, so that I could put the remains of the berries on the compost heap. It is just as delicious as the previous times that I have made it, when I added the sugar with the berries. My family love it!
30th May, 2020
Very easy to make and great to have home Made cordial I have tried it with a few different fruits now and everyone always loves it!
2nd Feb, 2019
The recipe would work better if you added the sugar after the straining. The sugar makes it turn to a syrup and less drips though the muslin.
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Patricia Haskell
4th Jul, 2018
I made this last week. It makes the most delicious fruit sauce for pouring over ice cream. The grandchildren thought it was too
10th Jul, 2017
Made this today from blackberries that I grow in a pot on the patio. Was a bit dubious about adding lemons but this turned out to be a delicious cordial. Lovely with chilled water and ice. Might try it with a small bottle of prosecco which is waiting in the fridge. Only advice is be patient whilst it drips through the sieve - it is worth the wait.
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