We have lots of soft fruits on our allotment. Red and green gooseberries, raspberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants all end up in my freezer and jam pot along with rhubarb and a ton of veg. Weather plays a huge part in the size of our crops – so for the last few years we’ve not had a great deal.
I’ve just used up the last of our frozen soft fruits making this cordial for my son, who calls it ‘red juice’ and loves it. It’s a bit tangy depending on the ratio of fruits. You can use the fruit from frozen, just have the pot on low until it has mostly defrosted.
Summer Fruit Cordial
4 lb mixed soft fruits – redcurrants, blackcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries, cherries, plums
2 cups sugar
3″ piece of cinnamon
3 sprigs of mint
2″ piece of ginger, sliced
2 cups water
Bring all the ingredients to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes until the fruit is cooked. Strain through a muslin cloth to get as much juice as possible. Take your time, let the juice drain out by itself or it could get cloudy.
Return the juice to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce for 15 minutes, cool and bottle. Will keep for up to 3 months in the fridge. Serve with soda water, plain water, or add to your favourite tipple….